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HUDSON- MOHAWK 
GENEALOGICAL 



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Family memoirs 



A RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE HUDSON AND 
MOHAWK VALLEYS IN NEW YORK STATE, INCLUDED WITHIN THE PRES- 
ENT COUNTIES OF ALBANY, RENSSELAER. WASHINGTON. SARATOGA, 
MONTGOMERY, FULTON, SCHENECTADY, COLUMBIA AND GREENE. 



PREPARED UNDER THE EDITORIAL SUPERVISION OF 

CUYLER REYNOLDS 

Curator of The .Albany Institute and Historical and -Art Society, since 1S98; Director of New- 
York State History Exhibit at Jamestown Exposition, igo7; .Autlior of ".Albany 
Chronicles," "Classified Quotations," and several other published works. 



VOLUME IV. 



LLUSTRATED 



NEW YORK 

LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 






COPYRIGHT 

LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY 

1911 



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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS. 



The family name of Dix is of the 

DIX same significance as the name Dicks 
or Dickens, the letter "s" being a 
contraction of "son," meaning the son of Dick 
or of Richard. Dick, the familiar abbrevia- 
tion of Richard, is thought to be derived from 
the Dutch word "Dyck" or "Dijck," a bank 
or dike (also dyke), mound or ditch, of earth, 
sand or stones reinforced, thrown up to pre- 
vent low land in Holland from being inun- 
dated by the sea or river. The reason for 
including the meaning "ditch" in connection 
with "mound" is because in the act of cre- 
ating a barrier, or diking, a ditch is created 
at the selfsame time ; but the intention being 
to create a wall of earth, chief thought is 
therefore directed to that meaning of the 
word. Based accordingly on this idea of the 
significance of the name's derivation, the con- 
clusion cannot be otherwise that this family, 
"before coming over to America, dwelt near a 
■dyke in Holland, in the lowlands as they are 
called, undoubtedly along the coast. 

The name is therefore found in the spellings 
Di.K. Dikx, Diks, Dicks, Dyck, Dyk, Dijck 
and Dyke, and some families in America 
show that they came originally from such a 
locality in Holland by employing the prefix 
"van" or "von," as Van Dyke. 

The Dix coat-of-arms, of the Amsterdam 
"branch, was as follows: D'azur a trotis tetes 
et cols de cygne d'argent, accompagne de 
debx roses d'or en fiancs. That of the Har- 
lem line was as follows : D'or a la fasce 
d'azur, accompagne de trois corneilles de 
sable, souvent ecarteie de gules au chevron, 
accompagne en chef de deux etoiles et en 
pointe d'un croissant tourne, le tout d'or. 
Crest: Une corneille de sable entre un vol 
■d'or et d'azur. 

Four distinct branches of the Dix family 
were started in .America in early times. These 



Watertown, Massachusetts, and the Dix fam- 
ily of Accomac county in Virginia. It is not 
known that anybody has been able to demon- 
strate the relationship reliably. Undoubtedly 
they were connected by the generation just 
previous to any one of them coming to 
America. 

Edward Dix and his wife, Deborah, canie 
from England and settled at Watertown, 
Massachusetts. They were in the fleet with 
Governor Winthrop, in 1630. He appears 
to have died at that place, prior to the re- 
moval of his immediate family into Connecti- 
cut, leaving a widow and three children. The 
widow, Deborah, married (second) October 
16, 1667, Richard Barnes, of Marlboro, 
Massachusetts, by whom she had five chil- 
dren, between 1669 and 1683, according to 
certain published records ; but the dates seem 
somewhat averse to the fact. Children: i. 
Leonard, see forward. 2. John, who was in 
Hartford, Connecticut, in 1676; was taxed 
there in 1683 : sold his house and land in 
1686: owned land in Hoccanum, near the 
mouth of the river bearing that name, in 
1679; joined the Second Church of Hart- 
ford, September 10, 1686: married Mary Bid- 
well ; children : Sarah, John, Margaret, Dan- 
iel, Elizabeth, Susanna and Joseph. 3. Wil- 
liam, died in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1676. 

(H) Leonard, son of Edward and Deborah 
Dix, was known to be in Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut, after which he was in Branford, 
Connecticut, where he receive<l a grant of 
land; soon afterwards was again at "VVethers- 
field, where he also had grants of very good 
land and a lot in the village on which he re- 
sided from about 1650 until the time of his 
death. He was a prominent man of the place, 
constable in 1672, and surveyor of highways 
in 1684. On his death he left considerable 
land on the east side of the Great River, "be- 



Avere the lines instituted by Leonard Dix, of ing the Indian Purchase," a horse, two cows, 
Wethersfield. Connecticut; Anthony Dix, of a heifer, swine, agricultural implements, me- 
Plymouth, Massachusetts ; Edward Dix, of chanical tools, a "great musket," a long fowl- 

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ing-piece, swords, belts, etc., appraised at 
fifty-three English pounds. He died Decem- 
ber 7, 1696, and his will bore date March 24, 
1696-97. His wife was named Sarah, and 
she died in 1709. Children : Sarah, born 1658, 
died -April 3, 1682, married. February 10, 
1680, John Francis; John, born in 1661, see 
forward; Mercy, died, December 20, 171 1. 
married, 1687, Moses Gofif; William, married 

\^incent; Hannah, died April 7, 1733, 

married, November, 1693, John Rennals, or 
Reynolds ; Samuel ; Elizabeth. 

(HI) John, son of Leonard and Sarah Dix, 
was born at Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 
1661. He was hayward in 1686, and sur- 
veyor of highways in 1704. He died Novem- 
ber 2, 171 1, and his sons, John and Leonard, 
were administrators, who inventoried his es- 
tate, reporting on January 27, 1711-12, that 
it amounted to eighty-three dollars. His wife 
was named Rebecca, and she died November 
17, 171 1, aged sixty years. Children: John, 
born February 17, 1684, see forward; Re- 
becca, March 17, 1686-87; Leonard, January 
27, 1688: Elizabeth, April 3, 1691. 

(IV) John (2), son of John (i) and Re- 
becca Dix, was born February 17, 1684. He 
married. June 9, 1709, Sarah, daughter of 
John Waddams. Children : Samuel, born 
February 28, 1710-11; John, August 6, 1713; 
Sarah. March 30, 1721, married, December 
2, 1741, Joseph Smith; Moses, March 15, 
1723-24, see forward ; Benjamin, May 27, 
1729, died September 4, 1755. 

(V) Moses, son of John (2) and Sarah 
(Waddams) Dix, was born March 15, 1723-24, 
died September 25, 1798. Letters of admin- 
istration on his estate were issued to his son 
Moses, of Farmington, Connecticut. He mar- 
ried, September i, 1744, Hannah Dickinson. 
Children: Jerusha, born November 11, 1745; 
Rhoda, August 13, 1746, married, December 

19, 1764, Rhodes; John, September 

26, 1748; Ozias, December 6, 1750, see for- 
ward; Hannah, May 26, 1753, died Septem- 
ber 30, 1753; Hannah, December 3, 1754; 
Rebecca, baptized September 23, 1759; Mary, 
baptized May 9, 1762; a son, buried October 
2,3, 1776, aged twelve years; a daughter 
(probably named Mary), buried December 3, 
1776, aged thirteen years; Moses, married 
Ruth Crane, November 7, 1792. 

fVI) Ozias. son of Moses and Hannah 
(Dickinson) Dix, was born December 6, 1750, 
in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was a .sol- 
dier in the revolution, and later removed to 
P.rattleboro, Vermont. He married, October 
22, 1 77 1. Lucy ILitch. born May 6, 1753. 
The baptisms of their first five children were 
recorded at Wethersfield. Children : , 



born March 25, 1773, baptized May i, 1774; 
Ozias, baptized May i, 1774, died September 
8, 1775 (family record, died October 7, 1775) ; 
Lydia (Lucy), born July 18, 1776, baptized 
July 21, 1776; John, born July 5, 1778, bap- 
tized July 19, 1778; Samuel, born February 
23, 1781, see forward; Ozias, born October 
15, 1783, died October 17, 1783; Jerusha, 
born October 23, 1784, baptized, Wethersfield, 
Febniary 13, 1785 ; Mary, born February 23, 
1787; Zephanah, born May 10, 1789; Ozias, 
born May 6, 1791 ; Daniel, born February 16,. 
1796; Moses, born February 12, 1798; Jus- 
tice, born November 9, 1802. 

(VH) Samuel, son of Ozias and Lucy 
(Hatch) Dix, was born at Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut, February 23, 1781, baptized there 
March 11, 1781. He died at Glens Falls, New 
York, July 4, 1857. He married, at Wilming- 
ton, Vermont, Deceml^er i, 1814, Mersylvia, 
born May 25, 1788, died September 8, 1853, 
daughter of Israel Lawton, born January 30, 
1758, died September 26, 1844, and Dolly 
(Billings) Lawton, born January 8, 1764, died 
February 12, 1816. Israel Lawton and Dolly 
Billings were married August 14, 1783. Chil- 
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Dix: James Lawton, 
see forward ; Samuel Billings, born at Mor- 
eau. New York, February 16, 1819, died, un- 
married, at Glens Falls, New York, Septem- 
ber 25, 1898; Harriet, born at Glens Falls, 
April 12, 1821, died at Glens Falls, |ulv 25, 
1826. 

(VIII) James Lawton, son of Samuel and 
Mersylvia (Lawton) Dix, was born at Mor- 
eau. New York, September 19, 1816, died at 
Glens Falls, New York, May 17, 1888. He 
received his education at Easton, New York, 
and afterwards engaged in farming in north- 
ern New York. He was a member of the 
Methodist church, and in politics acted with 
the Democratic party. 
He married, at Schenectady, New York. June 

25, 1857, Laura Ann, daughter of Lewis and 
Katharine (Fort) Stevens, the latter born at 
Scha^ticoke, November 21, 1800, where they 
were also married. Children: i. Walter 
Lewis, born at Glens Falls, New York, Au- 
gust 8, 1858; married, at Glens Falls, April 
12, 1882, Julia Ann Wheaton ; children: Law- 
ton .Mien Dix, born .'\pril 9, 1885 ; Howard 
Wheaton Dix, born September 3, 1887; Ger- 
trude .Mice, born September 22, 1890; Marion, 
born July 25, 1892. 2. Anna Mersylvia, born 
at Glens Falls, New York, November 25, 
1859; married. Glens Falls, December 21, 
1882, Henry Wing, son of Sanford and Cath- 
erine (Wing) Coffin ; children : John Dix Cof- 
fin, born June 15, 1884; Fenwick, born March 

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Alargaret, born August i, 1895: all at Glens 
Falls, New York. 3. John Alden, see for- 
ward. 4. Charles Billings, born at Glens Falls, 
August 5, 1863 : married. Glens Falls, Decem- 
ber 29, 1892, Mary Lydia, daughter of George 
and Mahala (Sherman) Rugg : no children. 
(IX) John Alden Dix, son of James Law- 
ton and Laura Ann (Stevens) Dix, was born 
at Glens Falls, New York, December 25, 
i860. He studied at the Glens Falls Acad- 
emy, graduating in 1879, and then entered 
Cornell L'niversity, graduating in 1883. He 
began the practical duties of life by working 
first as a farm hand and then in the machine 
shops of his native town, thereby securing a 
valuable experience which benefited him in 
his later career. He then engaged in the 
lumber business with Lemon Thomson, of 
Albany, at Thomson, New York, under the 
firm name of Thomson & Dix. On the death 
of the senior partner, in February, 1897, the 
firm was dissolved, and Mr. Dix was appoint- 
ed executor of his deceased partner's estate. 
He purchased the latter's interest and devel- 
oped a paper mill at Thomson, where his 
chief business is centered, gradually building 
up one of the most efficient wall-paper plants 
in the country, and at the same time turned 
his attention to the conservation of natural 
resources. Mr. Dix realized that much of 
New York's wealth lay in her trees, and to 
protect himself he acquired a tract of seven- 
teen thousand acres for his own mills, and 
made it a rule that for every tree which was 
cut down another should be planted. His 
relations with his workmen have always been 
happy, owing to the fact that he shows some 
consideration for their welfare: his factories 
have always been built with the utmost re- 
gard for hygiene, and he has given his work- 
m.en a half-holiday every week during the 
months of July and August. As a business 
man he is scrupulously honorable in all his 
dealings, bearing a reputation for integrity, 
and as a banker he has achieved the increase 
of the rate which the state earns on its de- 
posits. A stockholder in the Exchange and 
the First National Bank, he brought about 
the amalgamation of the two and became first 
vice-president of the enlarged First National 
Bank. In addition he is serving as president 
of the Iroquois Paper Company, vice-president 
of the Blandy Paper Company, treasurer of 
the American \\'oodboard (Zompany, manager 
of the Moose River Lumber Company, and 
director of the National Bank of Schuylerville. 
In politics Mr. Dix is a Democrat, adher- 
ing to the sound and long-tried principles of 
Democracy of which the Nation has need in 
the direction of its affairs. At the National 



Convention at St. Louis Mr. Dix met and 
became acquainted with many of the leading 
men of the Democratic party. In 1906 he 
was a candidate for the gubernatorial nomina- 
tion at Buffalo, New York; in the fall of 
1908 was placed on the ticket as lieutenant- 
governor; in the spring of 1910 was chosen 
chairman of the state Democratic committee, 
and in the fall of 19 10 became the Demo- 
cratic nominee for governor and was elected. 
His method in discharging the chairmanship 
of the state Democratic committee was the 
method of a man of conscience and right in- 
tentions, seriously desiring to ascertain what 
was best for those who had placed their trust 
in him. He called in conference the leading 
men of his party, and in the summer he made 
a tour by automobile for the purpose of hold- 
ing a series of conferences in as many coun- 
ties as he could visit, to which he invited 
members of every faction with the object of 
coming to a complete understanding of the 
situation. He has inspired his party with a 
new feeling, has put new life into it. and has 
won the respect and confidence of those whom 
he has consulted of the mass of Democratic 
voters. Upon public questions Mr. Dix has 
made declarations which show him to be in 
accord with the principles of the platform 
upon which he stands. He is an advocate of 
an honest revision of the tariff', of a reason- 
able and conservative, not a destructive re- 
vision, of a revision that will strip the un- 
worthy beneficiaries of the protective tariff 
law of privileges of extortion of which no 
men, and least of all they, should have the 
enjoyment, a revision that will, so far as pos- 
sible, tend to reduce the present high cost of 
living. He is an advocate of an economical 
administration of the affairs of the state, and 
of a cutting off of the useless expenditures 
which have so multiplied during the past 
years. Mr. Dix is in the best sense a repre- 
sentative of the intelligent, active, sober-mind- 
ed, conservative and successful citizenship of 
the Empire State. He is a man to whom his 
fellow-citizens would readily turn for coun- 
sel, to whom they would with confidence in- 
trust the conduct of affairs demanding fore- 
sight, sound judgment, ability and uprightness. 
He was one of the founders of the Democratic 
League and as such stands for personal free- 
dom. National and .State economy, the re- 
vision of the tariff and revenue laws, and the 
abolition of protection for gigantic "infant in- 
dustries." 

Mr. Dix is a warden of St. Stephen's Epis- 
copal Church of Schuylerville, and a member 
of Glens Falls Lodge, Free and Accepted 
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Country Club. Fort Orange Club, Albany In- 
stitute and Historical and Art Society. His 
city residence, No. 491 State street, Albany, 
is an attractive one, where he and his wife 
entertain many friends, but his summer resi- 
dence on the bank of the Hudson river and 
the Battenkill creek, at Thomson, is a charm- 
ing place, and he is accustomed to making 
weekly trips between the two places in his 
automobile. 

Mr. Di.K married, at Albany, New York, 
April 24, 1889, Gertrude Alden Thomson, 
born at Albany, third child of Lemon and 
Abby Galusha (Sherman) Thomson. Lemon 
Thomson was born at Athol, Warren county. 
New York. January 22, 1822; graduated from 
Union College in 1850, and then engaged in 
the lumber business, establishing the firm of 
L. Thomson & Company, which became 
known all over the country; removed to Al- 
bany in 1855, and died at Thomson, New 
York, February 24, 1897. His wife, Abby 
Galusha (Sherman) Thomson, was born Sep- 
tember 9, 1828, died in New York City, June 
13. 1896, daughter of Augustus Sherman, of 
Glens Falls, New York, a descendant of 
Roger Sherman, a signer of the Declaration 
of Independence. Lemon Thomson was son 
of Charles C. Thomson, grandson of Charles 
Thomson, and great-grandson of Benjamin 
Thomson, the emigrant ancestor of the fam- 
ily, coming to this country from Scotland. 
Charles C. Thomson was born at Elizabeth. 
New Jersey, July 8. 1788, died at Johnson- 
burg, New York, March i, i860; married, 
about 1819, Susanna Harris Williams, daugh- 
ter of Joseph Williams, a revolutionary 
soldier. 



This name first appears in 
CR.XNNELL early American records in 
1690. It is spelled Crennel, 
Crenel, and in later years Crannell. Through 
the marriage of the founder of the family to 
Molly, granddaughter of Governor Edward 
Winslow, they are connected with one of the 
most illustrious of the "Mayflower" families. 
The Albany family dates back to an early 
period in the history of that city, and its de- 
scendants are numerous. 

(I) Robert Crannell, son of William Cran- 
nell, of Devonshire, England, came to Amer- 
ica prior to 1690, and was at New Amster- 
dam (New York) in 1703. There were sev- 
eral of the name resident of New York, and 
there are some of them buried in Trinity 
churchyard on the north side of the church. 
He married, in i6(j3. .Molly Winslow, daugh- 
ter of Governor Josiah an<l granddaughter of 
Governor Edward Winslow, of Plymouth Col- 



ony (see Winslow VHI). Children: Two 
sons and a daughter. 

(II) William Winslow, son of Robert and 
Molly (Winslow) Crannell, was born in New 
York City. He removed to Albany, New 
York, where he died aged fifty-five years, 
and is buried in the ^Middle Dutch burying 
ground on Beaver street. He married, June 
4, 1726, Margarita Bennowe (Bennoit). 
Children: Robert, baptized July 10, 1727; 
Petrus, baptized February 10, 1728; Petrus 
(2), baptized January 9, 1732; William Wins- 
low, baptized January 29, 1739. (Daughters 
not in record; there were two or three.) 

(III) Robert (2). son of William Wins- 
low and Margarita (Bennowe) Crannell, was 
born in Albany, New York, in a house on 
Broadway between Steuben street and Maiden 
lane. He was baptized July 10, 1727. He 
married, November 13, 1748, Ariantje Bovie. 
Children: William Winslow, see forward; 
Mattheus, baptized August 4. 1751 ; Petrus, 
baptized November 14, 1756; Petrus (2), 
baptized March 11, 1759. 

(IV) William Winslow (2), son of Rob- 
ert (2) and Ariantje (Bovie) Crannell, was 
born September 26, 1749, in Albany, New 
York (in a house that then stood on the cor- 
ner of James street and Maiden lane), and 
died December 27, 1828. He owned a sloop, 
"The Rising Sun," and for nineteen years 
navigated the Hudson river, carrying freight 
and passengers from Albany to points below. 
He married Maria Eainan, of Catskill, born 
April 8. 1759, died October 8, 1825. Chil- 
dren : William Winslow, see forward ; John, 
died January 11, 1863; Harriet, died August 
24, 1854; Maria, died February i, 1870. 

(V) William Winslow (3), son of William 
Winslow (2) and Maria (Eaman) Crannell, 
was born in Albany, New York, November 
29, 1795 (at the building on the corner of 
Dean and Steuben streets), died January 20, 
1847. ^^^ married, November 27. 1825. Mar- 
garet Laramee, born at Waterford, New 
York, June 28, 1808, died December 8, 1884. 
Qiildren: Robert Winslow, born 1826; Fran- 
cis Franklin, see forward ; William Winslow 
(4), 1829. died young; Maria, 1831 ; Robert, 
1833; William Winslow (5), 1835; Edwin, 
1838; Monroe, 1840. died 1841 ; Monroe (2), 
1842, died 1893, he graduated from Albany 
Law school before he had attained legal age, 
and continued his studies in the law offices 
of Judge Wolford and Worthini^ton Froth- 
ingham until he was admitted to the .Mbany 
county bar ; he was a member of the .Mbanv 
Zouave Cadets, an influential Republican, and 
an untiring worker for the improvement and 
development of Albany, he died unmarried, 




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April 26, 1893; Delavan, 1844, died 1879; 
Margaret, 1847, died in infancy. 

(VI) Francis Franklin, second son of Wil- 
liam \Mnslo\v (3) and ^Margaret (Laramee) 
Crannell, was born in Albany, New York 
(corner of Dean and Steuben streets — the 
New York Central depot now occupies the 
site), July 21, 1827, died December 24, 1907. 
He was educated at the "Boys' Academy," 
where he won many honors, and was engaged 
all his business life in the lumber trade at Al- 
bany, and was one of the pioneers in that 
business, retiring at an advanced age. He 
was a member of the \'eteran \'olunteer Fire- 
men's Association. He was a lifelong mem- 
ber of the Fourth Presbyterian church, and 
was an active worker in both church and Sun- 
day school. With one exception he was the 
oldest member of the congregation at the 
time of his death. With a quiet disposition, 
gentle and unassuming, he was greatly be- 
loved. He was an upright, energetic busi- 
ness man, and a citizen of the highest order. 
He married, April 24, 1856, Harriet Emmet 
Adams, born February 11, 1832, died Janu- 
ary 16, 1889, daughter of Christopher Adams, 
architect and builder of the State House, the 
old Delavan hotel, and many other prominent 
buildings in Albany. Children : Harriet 
Adams, married Elmer Llewelyn Peters, of 
Syracuse, April 24, 1895; Elizabeth Wins- 
low, married Robert Jump, of Jonesville, De- 
cember 18, igoo; Francis Franklin (2), see 
forward ; Julia Laramee, married, July 8, 
1908, William Henry Harrison Hogle, of 
Newtonville, whose ancestors on the maternal 
side were among the first Dutch settlers of 
Albany ; William Winslow, see forward ; 
Charles Reno, see forward ; Edward Grant, 
see forward; Lillian Belle, married (first), 
Augusta Joseph Latham, of Lake George, 
June I, 1898, (second) Belden Noble Bene- 
dict, of Troy, April 27, 1908; Frederick Win- 
field, died May 16, 1880, at the age of two 
years, eight months. 

(VH) Francis Franklin (2), eldest son of 
Francis Franklin (i) and Harriet Emmet 
(Adams) Crannell, was born in Albany, New 
York, August 12, 1861. He was educated in 
the public schools of Albany, and pursued a 
course at a business college. He has been 
continuously engaged in the lumber business 
in Albany, starting as tally boy for Rodney 
\'ose; then as bookkeeper, and later as suc- 
cessor and proprietor of the same business 
to which he succeeded by purchase, and at the 
present time is president of the F. F. Cran- 
nell Lumber Com])any. He is a member of 
the Albany Chamber of Commerce, Albany 
Club, Aurania Club, and stands high in the 



Masonic order, being a life member of Tem- 
ple Lodge, No. 14, of Albany, and is also a. 
member of the Independent Order of Odd 
Fellows, and has held many prominent offices 
in the Patriarch Militant branch of that order. 
He married, February 21, 1887, Anna Louise, 
daughter of William Wilbur, of North Ad- 
ams, Massachusetts. Children: Wilbur Har- 
rison, born July 3, 1888; Mabel Elizabeth, 
September 13, 1892. 

(VII) William Winslow (4), .second son 
of Francis Franklin ( i ) and Harriet Emmet 
(Adams) Crannell, was born at Albany, New 
York, March 8, 1865. He was educated in 
the public schools of Albany, and later pur- 
sued a course at the business college. He 
received his early business training in the 
Albany lumber district, and was employed 
by David Whitney, Jr.. and H. W. Sage & 
Company for many years, and later was with 
the New Rochelle Coal and Lumber Company 
at New Rochelle, New York, after which, in 
1894, he and his three brothers organized at 
Voorheesville, New York, and Altamont, New 
York, the firm of Crannell Brothers, who 
for several years conducted a lumber busi- 
ness at Voorheesville, and a lumber and coal 
business at Altamont. Later he and his 
brother, E. G. Crannell. bought out the inter- 
est of F. F. and C. R. Crannell, and one year 
later W. W. Crannell bought out the remain- 
ing interest of E. G. Crannell. He is now 
the sole proprietor of the Voorheesville yard, 
and E. G. Crannell. of the Altamont yard. He 
is an active Republican, and a member of the 
Grant and Invincible clubs of Albany. He is 
an Odd Fellow, a member of Voorheesville 
Lodge. No. 668, and a member of Sanford 
Camp, Modern Woodmen of America, No. 
8491, of Albany. He has done much for the 
advancement and improvement of the pretty 
village of Voorheesville. He married, Sep- 
tember I. 1898, Ro.se Van Wormer, of Voor- 
heesville. New York. Children : William' 
Winslow, born July 26. 1900: Charles Emer- 
son, March 8, 1903. Rose (Van Wormer) 
Crannell was born in Guilderland, Albany 
county, April i, 1879, daughter of William 
Helmus and Jennie (\'an Slyck) Van W^or- 
mer. W'illiam H. \'au Wormer was born in 
Guilderland, November, 1845. His wife, Jen- 
nie Van Slyck, was born in Colonic, Albany 
county. October 7, 1845. Both were of old 
Dutch families, prosperous early settlers of 
the county. William H. was a son of Jacob, 
of Guilderland, farmer, who died aged eighty 
years. He married Elizabeth Houghtaling, 
who (lied over sixty years of age. They were 
members of the Reformed church. Children 
of W'illiam H. and Jennie Van Wormer: i. 



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Robert, unmarried. 2. Sarah, married Charles 
E. Scott, of Schenectady ; has a son, Russell 
\'an Slyck Scott, born November 7, 1908. 
3. Jane E., born July 26, 1875 ; married John 
Becker, of Altamont; has Mary E., born No- 
vember 17, 1899. 4. Rose, married William 
Winslow Crannell. 5. Ethel, born April 26, 
1889, unmarried. 

(\'llj Charles Reno, third son of Francis 
Franklin (1) and Harriet Emmet (Adams) 
Crannell, was born in Albany, January 22, 
1867. He was educated in the public schools 
of Albany, and graduated from Albany Busi- 
ness College. Commencing in minor capaci- 
ties in the lumber business in Albany, he 
afterward took a position with the New York 
Central railroad in New York City, and was 
also connected with a large New York and 
Buffalo lumber company. Later he returned 
to Albany and succeeded his brother, Francis 
F., who had become general manager for 
Rodney \'ose, as bookkeeper. He and his 
brother, Francis F., incorporated the Crannell 
Lumber Company, for which he is vice-presi- 
dent and treasurer. He is a trustee of Odd 
Fellow's Temple, and has been such for the 
past eight years. He is a life member of 
Temple Lodge, No. 2, and also a life member 
of Cyprus Temple and other prominent organ- 
izations. He resides at Loudonville, a hand- 
some suburb of Albany, where he erected a 
beautiful villa. He married, December 31, 
1896, Mary Florence McGraw, of Albany, 
who is the sixth lineal descendant of Hendrik 
Hollenbeck, who sailed up the Hudson river 
with Hendrik Hudson in 1609 when that river 
was discovered. Children : Florence Lan- 
sing, born September 10, 1897; Charles Rus- 
sell. March 30, 1899. 

(VH) Edward Grant, fourth .son of Fran- 
cis Franklin (i) and Harriet Emmet 
(Adams) Crannell, was born October 23, 
1871. He received his early education in the 
public schools of Albany, graduated from the 
Albany high school in 1892, and a year later 
from the Albany Business College. After 
finishing college, he acceptefl a position as 
stenographer and bookkeeper with the Jasper 
Van Wormer Stove Company. He left there 
to go into the lumber business with his 
brothers. He now conducts a lumber and 
coal yard at .-Mtamont, New York, a beauti- 
ful town near Albany, which with its pictur- 
esque and beautiful mountain scenery, to- 
gether with its invigorating atmosphere, is a 
noted summer resort. He has been president 
of the village several terms, chief of the fire 
department, past master in Noah Lodge, 
treasurer of the Albany County Agricultural 
Society for several years, and in 1909 was 



elected president, which office he now holds 
(1910). He is also trustee of the Reformed 
church at Altamont. He is a progressive 
and energetic citizen of that town, and re- 
sides in one of the handsomest residences 
there, which he erected. He married, April 
20, 1898, Evelyn Lee, of Albany. Children : 
Harriet Evelyn, born December 20, 1898; Ed- 
ward Winslow Lee, August 15, 1907. 

(The Winslow Line). 

The English ancestry of Governor Edward 
Winslow, from whom the Crannell family of 
Albany descend through maternal lines, is 
traced in this review to about the middle of 
the fourteenth century. 

(I) William Winslow, or Wyncelow, the 
first of the lineage as traced in England, had 
two sons : John, of London, afterward of 
Wyncelow Hall, married Mary Crouchman, 
who died in 1409; William (2), see forward. 

(H) William (2), son of William (i) 
Winslow, married and had issue. 

(HI) Thomas, son of William (2) Wins- 
low, was of Burton county, Oxford, having 
lands also in Essex, where he was living in 
1452. He married Cecelia Tansley, one of 
two daughters and an heiress. She was 
called "Lady Agnes." 

(IV) William (3), son of Thomas and Ce- 
celia (Tansley) Winslow, was living in 1529. 
Children: Kenelm, see forward, and Rich- 
ard, who had a grant from Edward VI. of the 
rectory of Elksley, county of Nottingham. 

(V) Kenelm, son of William (3) Wins- 
low, purchased in 1559 of Sir Richard New- 
port an estate called "Newport's Place," in 
Kempsey, Worcestershire. He had another 
and an older extensive estate in the same 
parish, called "Clerkenleap." He died in 1607 
in the parish of St. Andrew. He married 

Catherine . His will, dated April 14, 

1607, is still preserved in Worcester. Child, 
Edward, see forward. 

(VI) Edward, only son of Kenelm and 
Catherine Winslow, was born in the parish of 
St. Andrew, county Worcester, England, Oc- 
tober 17, 1560, died before 1651. He lived 
in Kempsey and Droitwich, county Worces- 
ter. He married (first) Eleanor Pelham, of 
Droitwich; (second) at St. Bride's church, 
London, November 4, 1594. Magdalene Oli- 
ver, the records of whose family are found 
in the parish register of St. Peter's, Droit- 
wich. Children: i. Richard, married Alice 
Hay, daughter of Edward Hurdman ; re- 
mained in England. 2. Edward (2), see for- 
ward. 3. John, born in England, 1597, died 
in Boston, Massachusetts; married, 1624, 
Mary, daughter of James and Susanna Chil- 



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ton. 4. Kenelm, born in Droitwich, 1599, 
came to America about 1629. He was an im- 
portant man in the Plymouth Colony, filled 
various town offices, and was deputy to the 
general court eight years. He married 
Eleanor Adams, widow of John .A.dams of 
Plymouth, and is the immigrant ancestor of a 
long line of descendants. 5. Gilbert, born 
October 26, 1600, in Droitwich, England, 
•came to America in the "Mayflower" with 
his brother. Governor Edward Winslow, 
signed the "Compact," returned to England 
after 1623, where he died. 6. Eleanor, re- 
mained in England. 7. Josiah, born in Eng- 
land, was sent to America in 163 1 as ac- 
countant to William Shirley; lived at Marsh- 
field. Massachusetts : married, 1636, Mar- 
garet Bourne, died December i, 1674. 8. 
Elizabeth, remained in England. 9. Magda- 
len, remained in England. 

(VH) Governor Edward (2), eldest son 
of Edward (i) and his second wife Magda- 
lene (Oliver) Winslow, was born October 
18, 1595, at Droitwich, England, died and 
was buried at sea, ]\Iay 8, 1655, with the 
honors of war, forty-two guns being fired 
by the fleet that he was accompanying from 
Hispaniola to Jamaica, West Indies. After 
Governor Bradford and Edward Brewster, 
Plymouth Colony owed no man so much as 
Edward Winslow. Always intelligent, gener- 
ous, confident and of untiring energy, he was 
trusted for any service, at home or abroad, 
which the necessities of the infant colony 
happened to require. Were the North East- 
ern fisherman to be sought for a supply of 
food in a famine, or the Indian chief needed 
watching, or the governor's place to be taken 
temporarily, or ^^lassachusetts dissuaded from 
an act of too-severe austerity, or finally were 
the rulers in England to be made propitious, 
the natural resort was to the agency of Ed- 
ward Winslow. For foreign employment 
his gentle birth and breeding gave him an ad- 
vantage, and among the gentlemen of the Bri- 
tish parliament he moved as one of them- 
selves. He was highly esteemed by Gover- 
nors Winthrop and Bradford, while the great 
Protector Cromwell saw at once the worth of 
the honest, religious, capable, strenuous en- 
voy from North America, and took care never 
to lose his services while he lived, which was 
for nine years after he finally left Plymouth. 
At the time of his death he was superintend- 
ing the attempt upon Santo Domingo under 
Cromwell's appointment, and distress at the 
failure, through military mismanagement, is 
believed to have brought on his last illness. 
He met at Leyden, Holland, his first wife, 
Elizabeth Barker, of English birth and edu- 



cation. They were married in Leyden, and 
together came in the "Mayflower" to Amer- 
ica. He was the third signer of the immortal 
"Compact," and probably was one of the 
authors. His wife died during the first win- 
ter. William White, one of the chief men 
of the colony, died, leaving a widow, Su- 
sanna (Fuller) White, with two little boys to 
care for, one of them Peregrine White, who 
was born while the "Mayflower" was lying 
at Cape Cod, the first English child born in 
New England. Edward Winslow married 
the widow, and theirs was the first wedding 
ceremony performed in the new colony. They 
were married before the magistrate. Gover- 
nor Bradford, and with public solemnities en- 
tered into the covenant of marriage. At the 
annual election in 1624 he was chosen assist- 
ant to the governor, holding by successive 
appointments until 1647, excepting 1633, 
1636 and 1644, when he was chosen governor. 
In these and many other public trusts he ac- 
quitted himself with distinguished ability and 
credit. He was also the author of several 
valuable works relating to the interests of the 
colony. He made several trips to England 
in the colony's interest and in 1635 was ar- 
rested and tried on the charge "that not being 
in holy orders, he had taught publicly in the 
church and had officiated at marriages," to 
which he could only plead that he had spoken 
in the churches and in the capacity of magis- 
trate performed the marriage ceremony. For 
this honest avowal he was pronounced guilty 
of the crime charged by the archbishop, com- 
mitted to the Fleet prison, where he was kept 
in confinement seventeen weeks. He was 
chosen governor for the last time in 1644, and 
subsequently was first on the list of magis- 
trates. He was soon after engaged in the 
English public service abroad, and never re- 
turned to New England. By his second wife, 
Susanna (Fuller) White, to whom he 
was married May 12, 162 1, he had a 
daughter Elizabeth, who married Gilbert 
Brooks, of Scituate. His only son was Josiah, 
see forward. 

(VIII) Josiah, son of Governor Edward 
(2) and his second wife, Susanna (Fuller- 
White) Winslow, was born in Plymouth, 
1629, died in Marshfield, Massachusetts, De- 
cember 18, 1680. In 1657, two years after 
the death of his father, he was chosen assist- 
ant governor, which post he filled until his 
election as governor in 1673. This last office 
he held until his death. He was active and 
prominent in colony affairs all his mature life. 
In 1652 he commanded the military company 
of Marshfield; in 1659 he was appointed mili- 
tary commander of the colony, and in 1675 



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was elected general-in-chief of the whole mili- 
tary force of the United Colonies, being the 
first native-born general, as well as governor 
in New England. In 1658 he was chosen one 
of the commissioners of the United Colonies 
and re-elected for fourteen years. On Sep- 
tember 5, 1672, he was one of the six signers 
of the new articles of confederation of the 
New England colonies, and on September 9. 
1675, he signed the declaration of war against 
King Philip, made by the commissioners. 
While he was governor in 1674-75. the first 
public school in the colony was established, 
and in 1680 the first lieutenant-governor was 
elected. The general court ordered in 1675 
that four halberdiers should attend the gover- 
nor and magistrates at elections, and two dur- 
ing the court sessions. Under him the gov- 
ernment maintained a state hitherto unknown 
in the colony. He resided at "Careswell," 
the family seat at Marshfield, and enjoyed the 
distinction of being the most accomplished 
gentleman in the colony. When first a com- 
missioner in 1658, he refused to sanction the 
"horrible recommendation" of that year 
against the Quakers. His capture of Alexan- 
der in 1662, the brother of Philip, and for 
two years sachem after Massasoit's death, 
illustrates his courage and personal daring as 
a soldier. His last public act on September 
5, 1680, was to solicit a charter for Plymouth 
from the crown. He married, in 1658, Pene- 
lope, daughter of Herbert Pelham, of Eng- 
land, who came to Boston in 1645. He was 
the first treasurer of Harvard college, and 
assistant governor in 1646-1649. There were 
four children born of this marriage, two sons 
and two daughters; only one of his sons, 
Isaac, survived childhood. He married Sarah, 
daughter of John and Elizabeth Paddy Wens- 
ley, of Boston. One of the daughters, Molly, 
married Robert Crannell, and they were the 
progenitors of the Albany family of that name 
(see Crannell I). Another daughter, Eliza- 
beth, married Stephen Burton. There is no 
one bearing the name of Winslow who can 
claim lineal descent fl-om Governor Edward 
Winslow, third signer of the "Compact" and 
third governor of New Plymouth, the first 
by elective voice of the people. "Careswell," 
the coimtry seat of Governor Josiah Winslow. 
subsequently became the residence of Daniel 
Webster. Governor Josiah's portrait and that 
of his wife hang in Plymouth Hall, Plymouth, 
Massachusetts. She is said to have been a 
most beautiful and accomplished lady. The 
coat-of-arms of the Winslow family is a tree 
with its branches cut down into a knight's hel- 
met. Motto: "Floreo decarpius," ("Though 
plucked, I flourish.") 



The Sherman family is of 
SHERMAN German origin. The name 
was spelled S h e r r m a n, 
Schurman, Schearmaun and Scherman. As 
early as 1635 the family was located in Eng- 
land, in Dedham, county Essex. The name is 
derived from the original occupation of the 
family, when they were cloth dressers, or 
"shearers" of the cloth, and the family at 
Dedham continued the family occupation. In 
New England there are two distinct families 
of this name. One is descended from William 
Sherman and the other from Henry Sherman. 
The arms of the Yaxley family are : Or a 
lion rampant sable charged on the shoulder 
with an amulet for difference between three 
oak leaves vert. Crest : A sea lion sejeant 
argent guttee de poix fumed or. 

(I) Thomas Sherman died in 1550. He 
was probably at least fifty years old at the 
time as three of his sons were of age. His 
will gives among his property the manors of 
Royclen and Royden Tuft with appurtenances 
at Royden and Besingham, as well as property 
in other parts of the counties of Norfolk and 
Suffolk. England. He lived a part of his 
life, doubtless, in Diss, which is on the river 
Waveny. between the two counties. His will 
mentions his wife Jane, a sister and children. 
He married Jane, daughter of John Waller, 
of Wortham, Suffolk. .She was probably not 
his first wife. Children : Thomas, Richard. 
John, Henry, mentioned below, William, An- 
thony, Francis, Bartholomew, James. 

(II) Henry, son of Thomas Sherman, wa.s 
born in Yaxley about 1530. He is mentioned 
in his father's will, as well as several broth- 
ers' wills. His wife Agnes was buried Octo- 
ber 14, 1580. He married (second) Margery 
Wilson, widow. His will was dated January 
20, 1589, and proved July 25, 1590. He died 
in 1589. Children, born doubtless at Colches- 
ter where they lived: Henry, mentioned be- 
low ; Edmond, died 1601 : Dr. Robert, baptized 
February 6. 1560, died 1602: Judith, married 
William Pettfield ; daughter, married Nicholas 
Fynce; John, died without issue, October 15, 
1576. 

(Iin Henry (2). son of Henry (i) Sher- 
man, was born in Colchester, England, about 
1555, and lived at Dedham, county Essex, 
England. He was a clothier by trade. He 
made his will August 21, 1610, and it was 
proved September 8, 1610. He married Susan 
Hills, whose will was dated August 31, and 
proved in September. 1610. Children: Henry, 
born 1571. died 1642; Daniel, married (first) 
1601, Christian Chapman, (second) Sarah 

, died August 17, 1585; Nathaniel. 

died 1615; John, mentioned below"; EzekieU 



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1417 



married twice: Samuel, born 1573; Edmund, 
married Judith Angier ; Anne, married 
Thomas Wilson ; Phebe, married Simeon 
Fenn. 

(IV) John, son of Henry (2) Sherman, 
was born in Dedham, England, August 17, 
1566. He was the immigrant ancestor, and 
came in 1634 to Watertown, Massachusetts. 
Child: I. John, mentioned below. 

(V) Captain John (2), son of John (i) 
Sherman, was born in 1604 at Dedham, Eng- 
land. He came to Watertown, Massachusetts, 
with his father, in 1634. He was made free- 
man May 17, 1637. He was a land surveyor 
and a selectman many times from 1637 to 
1680. In 1648 he was town clerk, and after- 
wards representative to the general court in 
1651-53-63-82. In 1662 he was steward of 
Harvard college. In June, 1654, he was made 
ensign of the Watertown Company, and in 
1680 he was made captain. His son Joseph 
received his land in Watertown. He was with 
Governor Winthrop when the northern boun- 
dary of Massachusetts was surveyed and when 
the lines were established at Wier's landing, 
Lake Winnepesaukee. He was an educated 
man, and was often called upon to manage 
town affairs. He married Martha, daughter 
of William and Grace Palmer. He died Jan- 
uary 25, 1690-91. His wife died February 
7, 1700-1701. Children: John, born Novem- 
ber 2, 1638: Martha, February 21, 1640-41; 
Mary, March 25, 1643; Sarah, January 17, 
1647-48; Elizabeth, March 15, 1648-49: Jo- 
seph, May 14, 1650, mentioned below: Grace, 
December 20. 1653. 

(VI) Joseph, son of Captain John (2) 
Sherman, was born in Watertown, May 14. 
1650, died in Watertown, June 30, 1731. He 
was a blacksmith by trade : he was often 
chosen selectman and assessor ; he was repre- 
sentative to the general court from 1702 to 
1705. He served under Captain Jonathan 
Poole and Captain Thomas Brattle in King 
Philip's war during 1676. He was a leader 
in the church controversy which resulted in 
the final separation of Waltham from Water- 
town. 

He married, in Watertown, November 18. 
,1673, Elizabeth, daughter of Lieutenant Ed- 
ward anfl Elizabeth (Wilkinson) Winship, of 
Cambridge. Children: John, January 11, 
1675, mentioned below ; Edward, September 
2, 1677; Joseph, February 8, 1679-80: Sam- 
uel, November 28, 1681 ; Jonathan, February 
24, 1683-84: Ephraim, March 16, 1684- 
85: Elizabeth, July 15, 1687: Martha, bap- 
tized September i, 1689: William, June 28, 
1692: Sarah. June 2, 1694: Nathaniel, Sep- 
tember 19, 1696. 



(VII) John (3), son of Joseph Sherman, 
was born in Watertown, January 11, 1675, 
and was one of the first settlers of Marlbor- 
ough, Massachusetts. He married Mary Bul- 
len. Children : Mary, born August 16, 1699 ; 
Joseph, March 25, 1703, mentioned below; 
John, December 31, 1705, died young; Grace, 
September 13, 1707; Ephraim, March 3, 1710; 
John, February 17, 1713; Elizabeth, October 
15, 1715: Samuel, May 12, 1718. 

(VIII) Joseph (2), son of John (3) Sher- 
man, was born at Marlborough, March 25, 
1703. He settled in Shrewsbury, Worcester 
county, Massachusetts. He married, Decem- 
ber 25, 1728, Sarah Perham, of Sutton, in 
that county. -She died March 2, 1772, aged 
sixty-nine. Children, born at Shrewsbury : 
Joseph, baptized February 8, 1736, died 
young; John, mentioned below; Sarah, June 
27, 1739. married Thomas Grover : Joseph, 
baptized August 15, 1742; Lydia, August 29, 
1744, married Israel Rice. 

(IX) John (4). son of Joseph (2) Sher- 
man, was born at Shrewsbury, April 8, 1737. 
He settled about 1760 in Conway (History 
p. 672 in Conn. Valley). In 1772 he bought 
a pew in the First Congregational church. 
He married (first), in 1761, Chloe Thayer, 
of Bellingham, a descendant of the Thayer 
family of Weymouth. She died May 2, 1766, 
aged twenty-five. He married (second), 
about 1770, Gratia Allis, born 1745, daughter 
of Abel Allis, and granddaughter of Samuel 
Allis. (Deerfield History p. 27.) (P. 19 old 
history of Conway.) John was a soldier in 
the revolution from Conway in Captain Joshua 
L. Woodbridge's company. Colonel Nathan 
Tyler's regiment. July 22, 1779, to December 
25, 1779, in the Rhode Island campaign. Also 
in Captain Isaac Newton's company. Colonel 
S. Murray's regiment, July 30 to October 10, 
1780, in the continental army; also in Captain 
Oliver Shattuck's company, Lieutenant-Col- 
onel Baranabas Sears's regiment, August 12 
to November 8, 178 1 ; also second lieutenant 
in Captain Joseph Browning's fourth com- 
pany. First Hampshire regiment ; also captain 
in Colonel Gideon Burt's regiment, commis- 
sioned July 16, 1782. In 1790 the first fed- 
eral census shows that John Sherman was liv- 
ing at Conway and had two females in his 
family: John, Jr., had a separate establishment, 
but no family, and Caleb had three sons under 
si.xteen and two females in his family. John 
Sherman lived on a farm beyond the river 
in Broomshire village, now known as the John 
B. Stearns place. \'arious other Grafton and 
Shrewsbury men also settled in this vicinity. 
Children of first wife, born at Shrewsbury: 
Caleb, May 14, 1762: John. March 27, 1764; 



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Chloe, August 4, 1765. Child of second wife : 
Ware Darwin, mentioned below. 

(X) Ware Darwin, son of John (4) Sher- 
man, was born at Conway, Massachuetts, Oc- 
tober 3, 1 77 1, died about 1842. When a young 
man he removed to Arlington, Vermont, prob- 
ably as early as 1790, and he married there 
Anna D. Canfield, of Arlington, daughter of 
Ezekiel and Mary (Sackett) Canfield. They 
settled at Kingsbury, New York, about 1806, 
and subsequently removed to Luzerne. He 
Avas a farmer and lumberman. Children : 
John Sackett, born 1790; Lydia, 1792; Rich- 
ard. 1795; Augustus, mentioned below; Abi- 
gail, 1807; Anson, 1808: Avery, 1810: Anna, 
1813. 

(XI) Augustus, son of Ware Darwin Sher- 
man, was born in Arlington, \'ermont, Feb- 
ruary II, 1801, died December 3, 1884. When 
he was five years old his parents went to 
Kingsbury, and shortly afterward to Fairfield, 
now Luzerne, New York. About 1823 the 
family migrated to Pennsylvania, going in a 
covered wagon, and covering a distance of 
forty miles in a day between Schenectady and 
Buffalo, New York, they claiming to have 
the fastest team in the State. Augustus Sher- 
man attended the winter terms of the common 
school, but the schools were crude and the 
terms short. Early in life he became familiar 
with the hard work of the farmer and lum- 
berman. Before the Glens Falls feeder was 
constructed he used to draw lumber across 
from Corinth or Big Falls, raft it on cribs to 
the bend and thence take it across Deadman's 
I'oint above Fort Edward, and after the big 
dam at that place was built he had to carry 
the timber still farther down the river to 
Rogers's landing opposite Schuyler's Island, 
whence it was rafted to market. With the 
■opening of the Glens Falls feeder he was 
among the first to place a boat on its waters 
for the transportation of lumber. When he 
was but fifteen years old he had to drive a 
lumber wagon alone to .Albany and attend to 
sales and purchases, a task he performed with 
all the good judgment and faithfulness of a 
man of experience. In the following year, in 
consequence of his father's financial troubles, 
he was obliged to take entire charge of the 
business, and he worked early and late with 
untiring perseverance and energy in order to 
help his father out of debt. His venture in 
the lumber business on his own account was 
in operating an old English saw mill with 
two saws, located on a small stream which 
empties into the Hudson river, and at the 
same time he operated a grist mill in tiie vicin- 
ity. In addition to this laborious task, he 
<irew and rafted his lumber to the market. 



Here he laid the foundation of the large 
fortune that he subsequently accumulated. 
After three years he took the Buttolph mill 
farther down the river. Having disposed of 
his property in Luzerne, in the winter of 
1840-41, he made his home near the feeder- 
dam and resumed the manufacture of lumber 
on a large scale with greatly increased facili- 
ties. Two years later lie went to Glens Falls, 
where he made a permanent home. Year by 
year, with increased means at his command, 
his lumber operations became more and more 
extended until they reached colossal propor- 
tions. He began to invest heavily in lumber 
lands by purchasing in the sixteenth township 
and he secured prompt and substantial profits. 
He had the thorough knowledge of business 
and values, and uncommon shrewdness in 
buying and selling. All his investments 
turned out well, and his fortune became in 
the end second to none in the county. His 
career was a notable example of the Ameri- 
can self-made business man. He was asso- 
ciated with nearly all the financial corpora- 
tions of Glens Falls, either as trustee, direc- 
tor, manager or president. He was the first 
president of the Glens Falls Paper Mill Com- 
pany and also of the Bald Mountain Lime 
Company. In the early seventies he interested 
himself in erecting handsome business build- 
ings in Glens Falls. In politics he was a Re- 
publican, and in religion a Presbyterian. He 
married (first), March 4, 1824, Nancy Weed, 
born March 27, 1802, died June 12, 1848. He 
married (second), September i, 1856, Char- 
lotte H. Conkling, of Martinsburg, Lewis 
county. New York, born March 18, 1825, died 
July 10, 1889. Children: i. Mercy M., born 
May 17, 1825, died June 17, 1856; married, 
July 4, 1844, Alexander Canfield. 2. Anner 
D., born March 29. 1827, died March 28, 
1889; married William Wolsey Weed. 3. 
Abby G.. born September 9, 1828, died Jime 
13, 1896; married Lemon Thompson. 4. 
Martha Mahala, born January 21, 1831, died 
April 10, 1902; married, December 15, 1850, 
George Rugge. 5. Lydia L., born February 
29, 1832, died October 4, 1892; married, Oc- 
tober, 1862, Henry G. Lapham. 6. William 
A., born November 20, 1834, mentioned be- 
low. 7. Darwin Ware, born March 31, 1837, 
mentioned below. 

(XII) William A., son of Augustus Sher- 
man, was born November 20, 1834. died May 7, 
1883. He was educated in the public schools. 
For many years he was a prominent lumber- 
man, a partner in the firm of Rugge, Sherman 
& Company. He was a member of the Bap- 
tist church. He married, January 13, 1862, 
Harriet Aurelia Newland, born March 29, 



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1419 



5829, died November 13, 1895, daughter of 
David and Mary (Billings) Newland. Her 
father was born June 23, 1788; married, May 
.4. 1 8 14, Mary Billings, born October 26, 1792, 
died December 15, 1840. Children: Carrie 
Louise, born July 13, 1863, died June 4, 1875 ; 
Eddie Darwin. June 7. 1867, died December 
19, 1867: Arthur William, mentioned below. 
(XHI) Arthur William, son of William A. 
Sherman, was born at Glens Falls, February 
23, 1869. He was educated in the public 
schools, at Glens Falls Academy and River- 
view Academy of Poughkeepsie, New York. 
In 1905 he became vice-president and cashier 
•of the First National bank. He is interested 
in numerous other enterprises. He is treas- 
urer of the Glens Falls Portland Cement 
Company, vice-president of the Kendrick & 
Brown Company, treasurer of the Sherman 
Lime Company and of the Glens Falls hospi- 
tal. In politics he is a Republican, and he 
attends the Presbyterian church. He is a 
member of Senate Lodge. No. 456, Free and 
Accepted Masons, of Glens Falls. New York ; 
Glens Falls Chapter, No. 55, Washington 
Commandery, No. 33. of Saratoga Springs ; 
Oriental Temple. Ancient Arabic Order, 
Nobles Mystic Shrine, of Troy, New York. 
He married, October 18. 1893. Gertrude Cool- 
idge. born March 30. 1869. Children : 
Thomas Coolidge, born September 29. 1894; 
Harriet Newland, April 7, 1899, died June 26, 
1908; Georgianna Coolidge, April 28, 1901 ; 
Arthur William, Jr.. May 6, 1903. 

(XII) Darwin Ware, son of Augustus 
Sherman, was born in Hadley, New York, 
March 31, 1837, died December 13, 1894. He 
was educated in the common schools of Had- 
ley and Glens Falls, and when a young man 
he engaged in the lumbering business for his 
father, and upon the death of his father he 
continued to operate the industry established 
by his father and he became one of the repre- 
sentative business men and capitalists of the 
section. He married. October 13, 1856, Ma- 
rion Robbins, born July 16, 1838, died June 
28, 1890. Children: William A., born Janu- 
ary 7, 1861, married, October 31, 1882. Ger- 
trude Snow ; children : Ruth and Richard ; 
Henry L., mentioned below. 

(XIII) Henry L., son of Darwin Ware 
Sherman, was born at Glens Falls, May 5, 
1865. He was educated in the public schools 
and the Glens Falls Academy. He has been 
for many years engaged in the lumber and 
lime business and is at present secretary of 
the Sherman Lime Company. For sixteen 
years he was interested in the hotel business, 
conducting the Marion House on Lake 
George. He was trustee of Glens Falls vil- 



lage for two years before it was incorporated 
as a city, and he served on the board of edu- 
cation for six years and was secretary of the 
Glens Falls Hospital Association for ten 
years. He is a life member of the following 
Masonic organizations : Senate Lodge No. 
456, Free and Accepted Masons, Glens Falls; 
Glens Falls Chapter, No. 55; Washington 
Commandery No. 33, of Saratoga Springs, 
New York; Oriental Temple, Ancient Ar- 
abic Order, Nobles Mystic Shrine, of Troy, 
New York, and Scottish Rite, thirty-second 
degree, of Troy and Albany. He married. 
May 12, 1885, at Glens Falls, Jennie Wait, 
born January 30, 1864. They have one child, 
Darwin Wait, born February 5, 1890, who 
is a sophomore (1910), Yale. 



The family is of English ori- 
LOOMIS gin. and for a long period the 

principal home of the family in 
England has been in the vicinity of Derby- 
shire. For more than a century the name 
has been spelled Lomas in England, but ear- 
lier Lumas, Lommas or Lomes were used. 
Other variations are Lomys, Lomis, Lomas, 
while the American spelling is generally 
Loomis. The name occurred in England in 
the early part of the fifteenth century, and is 
supposed to have been a place name. In 
France and Switzerland, Lomis is a common- 
place name. The Lomas coat-of-arms is : 
Argent between two palets. gules three fleurs 
de lis in pale sable a chief azure. Crest : On 
a chapeau a pelican vulning herself proper. 

(I) Joseph Loomis, immigrant ancestor, 
was probably born about 1590. He was a 
woollen draper in Braintree, county Essex, 
England, and sailed from London, .A.pril 11, 
1638, in the ship "Susan and Ellen," arriving 
at Boston, July 17, 1638. He settled at 
Windsor, Connecticut, and February 2, 1640, 
was granted twenty-one acres of land adjoin- 
ing the Farmington river, on the west side of 
the Connecticut river, and also had several 
large tracts on the east side of the Connecti- 
cut river, by purchase and grant. He is sup- 
posed to have come to Windsor in company 
with Rev. Ephraim Huet, who arrived there 
August 17, 1639. Joseph Loomis brought 
with him five sons and three daughters. His 
house was near the mouth of Farmington 
river on what was known as the Island, be- 
cause at every freshet it became temporarily 
one. His wife died August 23. 1652. and he 
died November 25, 1653. Children : Joseph, 
born in England about 1616; daughter, mar- 
ried. 1640, Captain Nicholas Olmstead ; Eliza- 
beth, married. May 20. 1641, Josiah Hull; 
Deacon John, born 1622. in lingland ; 



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Thomas, born in England, married, Novem- 
ber 1. 1653, Hannah Fox; Nathaniel, men- 
tioned below; Mary, died August 19, 1680; 
Samuel, born in England. 

(H) Nathaniel, son of Joseph Loomis, was 
born in England, and came to America with 
his father in 1638. He married, November 
24, 1653, Elizabeth, daughter of John Moore. 
He was made a freeman in 1654, and admit- 
ted to the church. May 3, 1663. He died 
August 19. 1688, and his will was dated Au- 
gust 17, 1688, signed Nathaniel Loomys. His 
wife survived him. Children: Elizabeth, 
born August 7, 1655 ; Lieutenant Nathaniel, 
March 20, 1657; Abigail, March 27, 1659; 
Josiah, February 17, 1660-61 ; Jonathan, 
March 30, 1664; David, January 11, 1667-68; 
Hezekiab, February 21, 1668-69, mentioned 
below; Moses, May 15, 1671; Mindwell, July 
20, 1673; Ebenezer, March 22, 1675; Mary, 
January 5, 1680; Rebecca. December 10, 1682. 

(HI) Hezekiah, son of Nathaniel Loomis, 
was born February 21, 1668-69, died in 1758. 
He married. April 30, 1690, Mary Porter, 
born November 20, 1672, died August 12, 
1752. Children, born in Windsor: Noah, 
April I, 1692; Mary, November 15, 1694; 
Hezekiah, November 7, 1697 ; Ensign Solo- 
mon. July 14, 1700, mentioned below; Joanna, 
December 4, 1702; Jonah, April i. 1705; 
Elizabeth. August 13, 1708; Ann, February 
20, 1710-11. 

(IV) Ensign Solomon, son of Hezekiah 
Loomis, was born at Windsor, July 14, 1700. 
He married, June 28, 1727, Abigail Strong, 
who died May 6. 1773, aged seventy-two. He 
bought land in Tolland in 1724. and died in 
Tolland, August 26, 1772. Children, born 
in Tolland: Abigail, April 18, 1728; daugh- 
ter, May 20, 1730, died same day; Michal, 
a daughter. May 20, 1730; Solomon, Novem- 
ber 4. 1732, mentioned below; Anna, March 
29, 1735; Esther, July 8, 1738. 

(\') Solomon (2), son of Ensign Solomon 
(i) Loomis, was born in Tolland, November 
4, 1732, died there August 5, 1805. He mar- 
ried (first) Mary Chapman, who died Feb- 
ruary II, 1774. aged forty-two. He mar- 
ried (second), December 21, 1775, Mary 
Johnson. Children, born in Tolland : Simon, 
March 7, 1758; Solomon, September 27, 1760; 
Luke, April 11, 1764, died April 27, 1764; 
Nathaniel, January 5, 1766; Rpaphras, Sep- 
tember 20, 1768; Jcduthun, November 10, 
1777, mentioned below; Elisha, January 27, 
1779; Mary. November 5, 1780; Justin, July 
10, 1783; Ralph. February 28. 1785; Ruth, 
April li, 1787; Joel, August 18, 1789. 

(\T) Jeduthun, son of Solomon (2) 
Loomis. was born at Tolland, November 10, 



1777. He removed to Cambridge, Washing- 
ton county, New York, in 1800, antl died 
there, October 22, 1838. He married, July 
26, 1801, Abigail Adams; she died January 
14, 1868, aged eighty-six. Children, born in 
Cambridge: Son. May 25, 1802, died July 
16, 1802; Alanson D., June 20, 1803; Leon- 
ard M., December 18, 1804; Benjamin M., 
November 23, 1806; son, August 14, 1808, 
died August 28, 1808; Abigail S., September 

23, 1809; Jeduthun, June 9, 181 1 ; Ezekiel A., 
July 4, 1813, mentioned below; son, June 

24, 1815, died July 4, 1815; Joel, April 13, 
1817; Mary A. W., July 8, 1819; Nathaniel 
S. P., July 15, 1821 ; Syla Ann, June 25, 
1825. 

(\ H) Ezekiel A., son of Jeduthun Loomis, 
was born July 4, 1813, at Cambridge, died 
November 18. 1858, at Granby, Oswego 
county. New York. He married, April 6, 
1839, ^^^ Rice. Child, John R., mentioned' 
below. 

(VTH) John R., son of Ezekiel A. Loomis, 
was born January 15, 1846. He lived in Jer- 
sey City, New Jersey. He married, October 
6,' 1868, Emma" Little. Children: Kate L., 
Russell M. L., John R. Jr. and George L. ;: 
all but John R. being deceased. 

(IX) John R. (2), son of John R. (i) 
Loomis, was born January 25. 1873. He was 
educated in the public schools and at Glens 
Falls Academy. He has been engaged in 
the insurance business at Glens Falls since- 
leaving school and is now a member of the 
firm of Little & Loomis, doing an insurance 
business in Glens Falls. New York, and in 
Montreal, Canada. He is a member of Glens- 
Falls club. In politics he is a Republican, 
and in religion a Presbyterian. He married, 
March 2, 1897, Alice E. Rugge, daughter of 
George and Martha Mahala (Shermnn) 
Rugge. They have one child, Martha Ma- 
hala, born November 26, 1902. 



The earliest record of the- 
OSTROM name, which is of good old 

Holland Dutch origin, was one 
Gerret Willemese Oesteroem (notice the 
spelling, which is one of the most peculiar 
and puzzling of the Dutch characteristics), 
who came to this country and settled in Bev- 
erwyck (Albany), 1631, but all record of 
his descendants is lost. Hendrick Janse Oes- 
teroem, of Bushwick (Flatbush), Long 
Island, 1660. had descendants who went to- 
Bergen, New Jer.sey. and thence up the Hud- 
son river to Kingston, I'ouglikeopsie and else- 
where. An Ostrom in the Netherlands pos- 
sessed a coat-of-arms. They were banished" 
from Holland on account of their religion. 



HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



either in 1600 or 1620. There is a town by 
the name "Ostromdorp" (village) in the prov- 
ince of Friesland, Holland. 

(I) Captain Henry Ostram was born in 
Holland, November 26, 1741, died near Al- 
bany. New York, January 14, 1797. He came 
to America and settled in Schenectady 
county. New York, about the year 1765. He 
unlisted in the war of the revolution, and 
was a captain in the Third Regiment, Albany 
county. New York, militia. He married Abi- 
gail Davenport, born May 12, 1748. They 
were residents of Ulster county, New York, 
for a time. Children: i. John, see forward. 
2. Thomas, born October 8, 1765, died Feb- 
ruary 16, 1848. 3. Joshua, twin of Thomas. 
4. Stephen, October 30, 1767. 5. Daniel, Sep- 
tember 17, 1769; married, January, 1796, 
Elizabeth Bombsby, and lived in West Qiarl- 
ton, Saratoga county, New York. Children : 
i. Phoebe; ii. Maria (wife of David L Os- 
trom ) ; iii. Henry, born April 22, 1809, died 
March 19, 1884, married Grace McCredie, 
February 2, 1832; children: Daniel H., born 
August 14, 1833; Jane Maria, wife of Rev. 
Joshua R. Kyle, born August 28, 1836, died 
fall of 1877 ; Elizabeth Johnston, wife of Dr. 
Carson, of Canandaigua, born October 6, 
1841 ; William Henr}^ born February i, 1844, 
deceased; Harriet, second wife of Rev. J. R. 
Kyle, born September 7, 1848. iv. Daniel H., 
married Annie F. Gilchrist, December 22, 
1858; children: Grace, wife of Edward 
Whiteside, of South Cambridge, New York, 
born July i, i860; Mary Bell, born July 24, 
1864, married P. A. Finley, died March 7. 
1901 ; John H., born March 5, 1867, married 
Cornelia Chalmers, November 22, 1898. 6. 
Abigail, January 4, 1782. 7. Hendrick, Oc- 
tober 10, 1784. 8. David, January 17, 1787. 
9. Oliver, born November i, 1790, died in 
Schenectady, September 17, 1896. 

(II) John, eldest son and child of Captain 
Henry and Abigail (Davenport) Ostrom, was 
born April i, 1764, in Ulster county, New 
York, died in the town of Glen, December 20, 
1846. He was a militiaman under General 
Van Rensselaer in the pursuit of Sir John 
Johnson and of whom reference is made by 
Jeptha R. Simms, author of "History of Scho- 
harie County," and "Border Wars of New 
York." also "Frontiersmen of New York." 
He was attached to the company of which his 
father was captain, having joined the Albany 
troops. He came with a brother in 1785 to 
Montgomery county, where they located a 
tract of two hundred acres of unbroken land 
lying in the town of Glen, west of Auries 
creek, where they cleared the farm of timber 
and erected a house. This has been brought 



to a high state of cultivation and still remains 
in the possession of the family. It is being 
occupied by the third generation of Ostroms, 
covering a period of one hundred and twenty- 
five years. He married, in Montgomery 
county, February 8, 1787, Anne Lane, born 
April 14, 1765, died November 4, 1830. Chil- 
dren : I. Henry, born June 30, 1789, died 
January, 1792. 2. Elizabeth, born August, 
1791, died January 13, 1858; married John 
Vedder: children: i. Abigail Vedder, mar- 
ried John P. Yates, of Root ; children : Peter 
Yates, born October 19, 1814; Catherine Ann 
Yates, married Dr. Hezekiah Leonardson; 
Oliver Yates ; Sarah Yates, married James H. 
Pettingell; Dr. David H. Yates; Elizabeth 
Yates, married C. J. Lansing, state senator of 
CaHfornia ; Maria Yates, second wife of Sena- 
tor C. J. Lansing; Stephen Ostrom Yates, ii. 
Maria Vedder, married John D. Still ; chil- 
dren : Daniel O. Still; David V. Still, a 
prominent physician of Johnstown, New 
York ; Anna Still, married Jesse Swabe, of 
Albany, iii. Nancy Vedder, born October i, 
1814, married Peter Yates, a kinsman; chil- 
dren: J. Ostrom Yates, born May 18, 1838; 
David H. Yates, born July 5, 1841 ; Theo- 
dore Yates, born September 30, 1844; Sarah 
M. Yates, born April 25, 1846, married, 
February 7, 1871, Milton Pruyn ; Hezekiah 
Yates, born May 21, 1848; Vedder Yates, 
born April 17, 1850; Edmond Yates, born 
November 24, 1851 ; Elizabeth Yates, born 
August 12, 1853; Oliver Yates, born April 
6, 1855. iv. David Vedder, married Anna 
Schuyler; child: Dr. John D. V^edder, of 
Johnstown, v. John Ostrom Vedder, married 
Jane A. Lasher, of Sprakers. New York; 
children : Elizabeth, married AL Mount Ed- 
wards ; Anna M., married William B. Dieven- 
dorf. of Sprakers, New York. 3. John, born 
November 30, 1797, died June 23, 1843; mar- 
ried Anna Maria Enders ; no issue. 4. Dan- 
iel, born February 28, 1800, died February 
13, 1801. 5. David L, born December 15, 
1801 ; married Maria Ostrom, a kinswoman, 
May 15, 1823; children: i. Elizabeth, born 
May 19, 1824; ii. Ann Maria, November i, 
1825; iii. John, April 28, 1828; iv. Daniel 
D., Februan,' 21, 1830; v. John, July 23, 1832; 
vi. Phoebe, October 11, 1834; vii. David 
Henry, May 10, 1836; viii. Emma, November 
4, 1838; ix. Abigail, December 28, 1839; x. 
Abigail Yates, March 6, 1842 ; xi. Stephen, 
June 25, 1848. 6. Ann. born August 28, 
1804, died in October, 1830; married Rynear 
Van Evera ; child, Ann \'an Evera. 7. Ste- 
phen, see forward. John Ostrom married 
(second), September 21, 1832, Mrs. Nancy 
Banker, who died September 27, 1832, just 



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one week after her marriag:e ; cholera was 
then epidemic in Schenectady, and she was 
one of its victims. He married (third) Mrs. 
AHda Van Dorn, born December i6, 1834, 
died June 12, 1842; no issue. 

(HI) Stephen, seventh son and youngest 
child of John and Anne (Lane) Ostrom, was 
born Februan,- 13, 1812, died .Xugust 19, 
1886. He was born, lived and died on the 
homestead farm. He married (first), October 
31, 1832, Mary Antoynette Schuyler, Rev. 
Alanson B. Chittenden, of Glen, officiating; 
she was born February 10, 1816, died May 

18, 1839. Children: i. John H., born June 
9, 1834; married, March 3, 1857, Rev. Adam 
H. Van Vranken. of Glen, officiating, Julia 
C. Quackenbush, bom November 25, 1836, 
died July 28, 1901 ; children: i. Jacob Schuy- 
ler Ostrom, born March 27, 1858, died May 
7, 1859; ii. Estella Ostrom, born January 11, 
i860, married Harvey D. Shelp, September 
I, 1880, Rev. Richard L. Schoonmaker. of 
Glen, officiating; iii. Eugene Ostrom. born 
Mav 22, 1863. married Winona Van Derveer, 
July 3, 1884,"^ Rev. C. D. Hainer, of Randall, 
New York, officiating; iv. John Schuyler Os- 
trom, born June 15, 1874, died December 31, 
1909, married Ella Van Valkenburg, January 

I, 1896, Rev. Edward C. Hall, of Charleston 
Four Corners, officiating. 2. Mary Antoy- 
nette, bom March 26, 1836, died November 

19, 1841. Stephen Ostrom married (second) 
in the town of Glen, October i, 1839, Rev. 
Charles Jukes, of Glen, officiating, Anna ^la- 
ria Edwards, born March 9, 1818, died Sep- 
tember 26, 1899. Children: 3. Charles 
Jukes, born November 5, 1840; unmarried; 
is an invalid and resides on the home farm ; 
is a man of unusual mental attainments ; 
member of Free and Accepted Masons. 4. 
Anna M. Enders, bom January 12, 1843; 
married, March 15, 1882, Richard Winne, 
Rev. Francis M. Kip Jr., of Fultonville. offi- 
ciating ; Richard Winne was born November 
3, 1830, died June 15, 1902, son of Major 
James and Jemima (Van Cise) Winne; no 
issue. 5. Elizabeth, born May 19, 1845; mar- 
ried, December 29, 1896, Rev. Frank V. Van 
Vranken officiating, Walter B. Cross, justice 
of the peace at Fultonville, New York ; chil- 
dren : i. Susan Brown Cross, married Dr. 
Frederick T. Janscn, January 11, 1899, Rev. 
William Schmitz. of Fultonville, officiating; 
now residents of Salt Lake City, Utah ; ii. An- 
toinette Edwards Cross, born March 4, 1873, 
married, October 15, 1902, Rev. I. J. Van 
Hee, of Fultonville, officiating, C. Van Dyke 
See, of New York City; iii. Edward Ostrom 
Cross, born January 2, 1876, married, July 

II, 1903, Florence Anderson, of Midland, 



Michigan, Rev. G. F. A. MacKelcan officiat- 
ing; children: Frederic S. Cross, born March 
18, 1804; Elizabeth Ostrom Cross, born Sep- 
tember 23, 1905; Ruth E. Cross, born Sep- 
tember 16. 1907. 6. Miriam Collins, born 
in town of Glen, November 29, 1847, see for- 
ward. 7. Margaretta Edwards, born Novem- 
ber 10, 1850, died November 8, 1876, unmar- 
ried. 8. David I., born May 30, 1853, died 
April 5, 1900; member of Free and .Accepted 
Masons : married Man,- \'an Epps, September 
20, 1876, Rev. Francis M. Kip Jr., of Fulton- 
ville, officiating; children: i. Victoria Ostrom, 
born July 31, 1881, married John W. Brill, 
June 6, 1907, Rev J. Edward Grant, of Ful- 
tonville, officiating; ii. Earl, born March 19, 
1883, married Ruamy Olmstead Lehman, Jan- 
uary 2, 1905, Rev. J. C. Gould, of Northville, 
officiating. Mrs. Mary (Van Epps) Ostrom 
married (second). October 19, 1907, Rev. J. 
Edward Grant officiating, N. V. Lasher, a 
farmer of Crescent, Saratoga county. New 
York, and occupies the old Van Epps home- 
stead farm. 9. Stephen, born December g, 
1855. resides on the Ostrom homestead ; un- 
married. ID. Ella Louisa, born September 7, 
1858; married, February 21. 1883, Rev. Sid- 
ney O. Lansing and Rev. Frank \'. \'an 
Vranken officiating, Jacob H. Nellis, of Cana- 
joharie, now of Paterson, New Jersey; chil- 
dren: i. Clara Louise Nellis, born March 15, 
1885, married. Rev. George W. Labaw offi- 
ciating, October 18, 1909, Bird Berdan ; child: 
Dorcas Louise, born August 5, 1910; ii. ]Mar- 
garet Antoinette Nellis, born February 9, 
1887; iii. Joseph I. Nellis, born January i, 
1892; iv. Grace Van Derveer Nellis, born 
August II, 1896, died September 21, 1897; 
V. Anna M. O. Nellis, bom September 14, 
1898. Anna Maria (Edwards) Ostrom. sec- 
ond wife of Stephen Ostrom. was the daugh- 
ter of John and .Ann (Van Schaick) Ed- 
wards, and one of nine children: i. William 
H., born January 2, 1817, died June 25, 1881. 
2. Anna Maria, married .Stephen Ostrom. 3. 
Margaret Lord, born October 17, 1819, died 
January 23, 1908. 4. John \\ S., bom Feb- 
ruary 17, 1822, died July 2, 1887; married 
Mrs. Mary M. Horsford ; children: J. S. Glen, 
a prominent citizen of Glen, now on a tour 
round the world ; Edward, Mar>- and Geddes 
H. 5. Eleanor E., born July 'i, 1824. died 
October 5, 1896; unmarried. 6. Thomas V. 
S., born July 9, 1827, died May 12, 1852; 
unmarried. 7. James W., bom June 18, 1829, 
died June 17, 1830. 8. .Antoinette, born May 
22, 183 1, died \\ugu.st 25, 1899; married 
James H. Barhyte, of Schenectady. 9. Jane, 
born July 9, 1833 ; married Newton Van Der- 
veer, now of St. Joseph, Michigan. Ann 



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i4-\v 



(Van Schaick) Edwards, wife of John Ed- 
wards, was the daughter of John and Eleanor 
(Geran) Van Schaick. 

(IV) Miriam Collins, fourth child of Ste- 
phen and Anna Maria (Edwards) Ostrom, 
was born in Glen. New York, November 29, 
1847. She married, September 29, 1875, Rev. 
J. P. Dysart officiating and Rev. Frank V. 
Van Vranken assisting, W. Hoagland Baird, 
born in Charleston, Montgomery county. New 
York, February 10, 1849, see forward. Chil- 
dren : I. Nellie Ostrom, born October 29, 
1877; member of Cayadutta Chapter, Order 
of the Eastern Star, of Gloversville. 2. Ben- 
jamin H., born June 23, 1884; member of 
Fultonville Lodge, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, and Johnstown Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons ; he is a Democrat in politics. Alar- 
ried, December 23, 1910, Grace Catherine 
Mead, Rev. Henry B. Kimmev, of Albany, of- 
ficiating. Both children reside at home. Mr. 
Baird, Sr., is a member of Fultonville Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons ; he is a Democrat 
in politics, and served two terms as super- 
visor. Mrs. Baird is a charter member of 
Caughnawaga Chapter, Daughters of the 
American Revolution, also charter member of 
Mohawk \'alley Order of Eastern Star. 

(The Baird Line). 

Major William Baird, great-grandfather of 
W. Hoagland Baird, was bom in Scotland, 
February 24, 1704, died 1793, son of Scotch 
parents who settled in New Jersey directly 
on their arrival from Scotland. During the 
war of the revolution Major Baird served 
in the Second Battalion Somerset County Mi- 
litia or State Troops. He was cajitain of the 
battalion, afterwards first major. He mar- 
ried and reared a family. 

(H) William (2), son of Major William 
( I ) Baird, born in Somerset county, 
New Jersey, December 22, 1742, died Octo- 
ber 5. 1830: married, July 23, 1775, Cathnah 
Hoagland, born Februarv 27, 17S3, died July 
II, i887. 

(HI) Hon. Iknjamin, son of William (2) 
Baird, was born October 11, 1787, died 1873. 
He was elected a r^iember of assembly in 
1846. He married. November 13, 1817, 
Eleanor Miller, born May 4, 1798, died June 
20, 1882. 

(IV) William (3), son of Hon. Benjamin 
Baird, was born September 23, 1818, died 
July 19, 1893. He married D. Malina .\he\, 
born in Glen, May 10, 1816, died December 
6, 1904, Rev. Christian Zabriskie Paulison 
officiating. Children: i. Mary E., married 
John H. Serviss, and resides in Closter, New 
Jersey; child, Ethel, married David D. Ack- 



erman. 2. Hepzibah Abel, married M. Mount 
Shelp ; child, Willis Baird, a resident of Am- 
sterdam. 3. W. Hoagland, mentioned above. 



The Scott family of Saratoga 
SCOTT Springs, New York, descend 

from an English ancestor, Ben- 
jamin Scott, who settled in Ireland in the 
reign of James I. 

(I) George Scott, born in Londonderry 
county, Ireland, came to the American colo- 
nies in 1773 and located on a farm in the 
town of Ballston, Saratoga county. New 
York, near the Milton line, on the "Middle 
Line Road." This was then but a clearing 
in the great northern wilderness, and the in- 
habitants were in a state of constant watch- 
fulness against the wild things of the forest. 
The danger from the Indians was very great, 
and in October, 1780, a band of Tories and 
Indians, under the leadership of Captain 
Munro, attacked the Scott homestead, which 
they pillaged and left the owner supposedly 
dead from a blow on the head from a toma- 
hawk. It was during this raid that General 
James Gordon and almost every settler along 
the "Middle Line," was captured and taken 
to Canada, some being killed. George Scott 
married a sister of General Gordon. She 
was born and married in Kilcaid county, An- 
trim, Ireland, and was of Scotch ancestors on 
both sides. Her brother, General Gordon, 
born October 31, 1739, came to America when 
a boy of seventeen, went back to Ireland, then 
came again to America, and after being in 
the Indian trade at Albany and army con- 
tracting, settled in Ballston in 1771-72. He 
was active in the revolutionary service, and 
was promoted through successive rank to that 
of brigadier-general by Governor Clinton in 
1785. On October 3, 1780, he arrived at his 
home in Ballston from Poughkeepsie, where 
he had been attending an extra session con- 
vened by Governor Clinton. Some of the 
Tories in the neighborhood informed Munro, 
and the raid was made for the purpose of 
capturing the general. He was awakened by 
bayonets being thrust through the windows 
of his home. After his capture the mau- 
rauders went to the house of George Scott, 
who was felled by the blows from three toma- 
hawks. The Indians rushed forward to take 
his scalp, but were prevented. General Gor- 
don was carried to Quebec, thence to the 
Isle of Orleans, from whence he escaped with 
some of his old neighbors taken in the second 
raid of 1781. He was a large land owner and 
erected mills in Ballston. It was through his 
efforts that his brother-in-law, George Scott, 
located in that section. He married, March. 



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16, 1775, Mary, daughter of Rev. Eliphalet 
Ball, who came from Bedford, Westchester 
■county. New York, in 1700, purchased four 
hundred acres of land and established the 
first Presbyterian church. The town of Balls- 
ton is named in his honor. Rev. Eliphalet 
Ball was a second cousin of Mary Ball, 
tnother of General Washington. He had 
three sons, Stephen, John a colonel in the 
revolution, Flamen, and a daughter Mary, 
who married General James Gordon. Gen- 
eral Gordon had a distinguished civil as well 
as military career. He was the first super- 
visor of the town of Ballston, a member of 
the assembly, state senator for nine years, 
and representative in the second and third 
United States congresses. He was honored 
by a visit from President Washington at his 
home in Ballston when the president visited 
northern New York. He was judge of the 
Saratoga court of common pleas. He died 
in Ballston, January 17, 1810, leaving a 
daughter Melinda. Children of George Scott: 
James, see forward ; Mary, married William 
Marshall ; Margaret, unmarried ; Susan, mar- 
ried Daniel Starr. 

(H) James, only son of George and 

(Gordon) Scott, was born at the Gordon 
homestead in Ballston, New York. January 31, 
1774, died in the same town in 1857. He was 
a well-known surveyor of his day. He mar- 
ried Mary Botsford, born in Derby, Connecti- 
cut, died the year of her marriage, leaving 
an only child. 

(HI) Judge George Gordon, only son of 
James and Mary (Botsford) Scott, was born 
in the town of Ballston, Saratoga county. 
New York, May 11, 181 1, died September 
7, 1886. He prepared for Union College, 
where he was graduated in 1831, being then 
twenty years oif age. He embraced the pro- 
fession of law, for which he prepared with 
Palmer & Goodrich, at Ballston, finishing his 
■course of preparation with Brown & Thomp- 
son, of the same village. He was admitted 
to the bar in 1834, and at once began the 
practice of his profession in Ballston. He 
soon became well established in business and 
commanded universal respect for his legal 
ability and manly, upright character. In 
1838 he was commissioned judge of the 
•county courts by Governor Marcy, but re- 
signed before the expiration of his term. He 
was an active Democrat, and was elected to 
the state assembly in 1856, and re-elected in 
1857. In the latter year he was elected state 
senator from the fifteenth district, and served 
his term, but declined re-election. In 1861 
he was the nominee of his party for the high 
•office of state comptroller, but was defeated 



by Lucius Robinson. In 1859 he removed 
from the Milton part of Ballston Spa into his 
native town, and in i860 was elected super- 
visor, being re-elected each year for twenty- 
one years, generally without opposition. In 
1863 and 1876 he was chairman of the board. 
He delivered the historical address at Balls- 
ton Spa in 1876, and in 1877 was presiding 
officer at Bemis Heights upon the occasion 
of the celebration of the one hundredth anni- 
versary of that decisive battle of the revolu- 
tion. He survived all his associates on the 
bench, and was the last of fifteen senators 
of Saratoga county who were contemporaries. 
He married Lucy, daughter of Joel Lee, of 
Ballston Spa, and left issue. 

(I\') James Lee, son of Judge Gordon 
and Lucy (Lee) Scott, was born at Ballston 
Spa, New York, January 9, 1856. He pre- 
pared for college at Greylock Institute, South 
Williamstown, Massachusetts, and entered 
Williams College in 1872, and was graduated 
from there in 1876. He prepared for the 
profession of law, and was actively engaged 
in legal practice at Ballston Spa until 1900, 
when he removed to Saratoga Springs. In 
1886-87 he was county clerk of Saratoga 
county, and in 1898 was appointed referee 
in bankrutpcy for the counties of Saratoga, 
Schenectady and Warren, and held that office 
for twelve years. He has many important 
business interests. He is president of the 
Congress Spring Company ; president of the 
Ballston Refrigerating Storage Company, of 
Ballston; first vice-president of The Adiron- 
dack Trust Company, of Saratoga ; vice-presi- 
dent of the Security Steel & Iron Company, 
of Troy. His clubs are the University and 
Manhattan of New York City, the Maganas- 
sippi Fish & Game of Canada, the Saratoga 
and Saratoga Golf. Politically he is a Re- 
publican. He married a Miss Boone, of 
Louisville, Kentucky, a direct descendant of 
Squire Boone (brother of Daniel), and of 
Judge John Rowan, formerly United States 
senator from Kentucky. He has two sons, 
Brcnton and Gordon. 



The name Silliman, Sille- 
SILLLM.AN mant or Sillivant is derived 
from a silly man not silly or 
witless, as useil in modern times, but inno- 
cent, free from guile, a good man. About 
1690 the name came to be spelled Silliman. 
It has been suggested by persons familiar 
with the pronunciation of family names that 
this family was of Irish extraction, but there 
has been no proof yet found. 

(I) Daniel Silliman was in Fairfield in 
1658. He married (first), in July, 1661, Peac- 



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able Eggleston, widow of John Eggleston. 
He bought of Joseph Middlebrook, "adminis- 
trator of John Eggleston's estate, ten acres of 
land left for the use of Eggleston's son. This 
lot was southwest of the present Black Rock 
bridge. He married (second) Hannara, Hen- 
ichy or Hannah Hendrickson, widow of 
••Hendrick" or "Henry Hendrickson." He 
was one of the land dividend holders of the 
town. He died intestate in 1690, and the in- 
ventory of his estate, valued at three hundred 
and two pounds, was made January 13, 1690- 
91. His property was divided between his 
wife Hannah and his three sons. It has not 
been determined whether he was related to 
Daniel Sillivant or Selevant. of New Haven, 
who married, before 1654, Abigail Cole, only 
daughter of 'James Cole, of Hartford, and 
who married, October 17. 1654, Eliza Lam- 
berton, daughter of Captain George Lamber- 
ton. master of the famous phantom ship, or 
the ship in the air, lost in 1646. In the New 
Haven records, it says that a William Trow- 
bridge married, March 9, 1667, at Milford, 
Elizabeth, widow of Sillivant and daughter 
of George Lamberton, but before this Eliza- 
beth deeded the house and lands given to her 
husband and his former wife, Abigail, by 
James Cole, her father, in his will, and it 
also says that the said Daniel died in Vir- 
ginia in 1655, and he left a will, proved June 
1655, naming his widow. Tradition says that 
Daniel of Fairfield was from Holland. Chil- 
dren by first wife: Daniel, Thomas, Robert, 
mentioned below. 

(II) Robert, son of Daniel Silliman, mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Cornelius Hull. He 
died in 1748. Children: Sarah, baptized 
September 16, 1694; Nathaniel, September 
27, 1696; Anne, March 12, 1698-99; Martha, 
August 24, 1701 ; Robert, March 19, 1703-04, 
mentioned below; Rebecca, April 8, 1705; 
Ebenezer, September 21, 1707. 

(III) Robert (2), son of Robert (i) Silli- 
man, was baptized Alarch 19, 1703-04. He 
married (first), October 20, 1715, Ruth, 
daughter of Samuel Tredwell, of Pequonnock. 
She died March 15, 1756. He married (sec- 
ond), Mary Morehouse, December 14, 1756. 
Children by first wife : Robert, born Septem- 
ber 26, 1716, mentioned below; Ruth, bap- 
tized August 24, 1718; Daniel, born Decem- 
ber 31, 1722; Sarah, February 17. 1728-29; 
John, April 9, 1731. By second wife: Ruth, 
born August 19, 1760. There were perhaps 
other children bv second wife. 

(IV) Rev. Robert (3) Silliman, son of 
Robert (2) Silliman, was born September 26, 
1716, at Fairfield, died in 1781 at Saybrook. 
He married Annie, daughter of Samuel 



Cooke, granddaughter of Thomas Cooke and 
great-granddaughter of Thomas Cooke. Sam- 
uel Cooke was born November 22, 1687. and 
became a Congregational minister: settled in 
Stratfield, Connecticut, now Bridgeport, with 
a salary of a hundred pounds a year with his 
firewood. He is described as of dignified ap- 
pearance and manner, wearing a particularly 
careful ministerial dress. He married Anne 
Trowbridge, a girl of twenty, only daughter 
of John Trowbridge, of New Haven. For 
a time Cooke was the principal of the Hop- 
kins grammar school. The wife of John 
Trowbridge was a daughter of GoveVnor 
Leete, a distinguished member of an old Eng- 
lish noble family. Anne was the youngest 
child of seven. Robert Silliman moved to 
New Canaan, Connecticut, to succeed Rev. 
John Eells, as pastor, and continued there for 
thirty years. He accepted a call to Say- 
brook, Connecticut, January 8, 1772. Solomon 
A. Silliman has in his possession a copy of 
the old church record of Saybrook, which 
contains the proceedings of a meeting of the 
society to give a call to Rev. Robert Silliman. 
and his letter of acceptance. It was voted 
at this meeting to give him a salary of sixty 
pounds and twenty cords of firewood a year, 
the sixty pounds to be one-third in cash, and 
two-thirds in food products at the market 
price in that town. His wife died two years 
and a half before him. His own death came 
unexpectedly while he was visiting. Among 
his children were: i. Samuel Cooke, died 
February 14, 1798; married Elizabeth Strat- 
ton and Dinah Comstock. and lived on the 
homestead. 2. Dr. Joseph, mentioned below. 
3. John, who built the first boat that 
navigated the Connecticut river propelled 
by any power but the wind, namely horse- 
power; he loaded it with grain to go up and 
down the river, and, running against a 
"snag," it sank. He afterward left that part 
of the country and moved to a place north of 
Troy, called Half i\Ioon, and from him have 
come three or four generations who have lived 
along the Hudson in this vicinity, some of 
whom have been prominent business men in 
Troy; one each of the third and fourth gen- 
erations are still living here, also some in 
West Troy, now called Watervliet. In the 
census of 1790, the only heads of families of 
this surname at Stamford and Norwalk. 
which are reported together, were Dr. Jo- 
seph, who had two sons under sixteen, and 
three females, and Samuel Cooke, who liad 
one son under sixteen and one female. 

(V) Dr. Joseph Silliman, son of Rev. Rob- 
ert (3) Silliman, was born about 1760. He 
removed from New Canaan at the age of fif- 



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teen, but returning later settled there. He was 
a prominent physician and held various offices 
of trust and honor. He died in Bedford, New 
York, aged seventy-one. He married, No- 
vember 23, 1785, Martha Leeds. Children: 
Joseph, born August 13, 1786, graduate of 
Yale, married Martha Mitchell; William, 
January 17, 1788, graduate of Yale, married 

St. John : Eliabeth Leeds, October 22, 

1789, married Hon. Minot Mitchell; Samuel 
Cooke, January 11. 1792, graduate of Yale, 
married Uriah Reeds' daughter: Elisha, De- 
cember 22, 1793; Ann, October 2},, 1795, died 
young ; John Leeds, mentioned below. 

(VI) John Leeds, son of Dr. Joseph Silli- 
man, was born at New Canaan, Connecticut, 
June 14, 1798, died at White Plains, New 
York, May 2, 1879. He was a farmer. Orig- 
inally a Whig, he supported the Republican 
party after it was established. In religion he 
was a Presbyterian and active in good works. 
He married, December 24, 1822. Catharine 
Mary, born at Poundridge, Westchester 
county. New York, October 13, 1802. daugh- 
ter of Solomon Lockwood (see Lockwood 
VI). Children: William, Joseph. John. Mi- 
not M., Ann Eliza, Chauncey M., Solomon 
Augustus. Charles H., Charles H. M. and 
Caroline M. 

(VII) Solomon Augustus, son of John 
Leeds Silliman, was born in Brutus, Cayuga 
county, New York, November 5, 1837. He 
was educated in the public schools of his na- 
tive town and the Union School at Weeds- 
port, New York. He also took a private 
course in accounting and commercial 
branches at Auburn, New York. He came 
to New York City in November, 1858. and 
engaged in temporary business for a year, 
then entered a firm dealing in trimmings and 
millinery goods. The firm imported goods 
extensively. He was in charge of the finan- 
cial part of the business and of the accounts. 
In 1888 he came to Troy. New York, and 
since that time has been virtually retired from 
business, though he has taken some engage- 
ments as an expert accountant. He enlisted 
in the Twenty-third Regiment (Brooklyn 
regiment). New York National Guard, in the 
civil war, in 1862, and served from Octfiber 
6, 1862, to May i, 1867. He was for four 
years a member of the State National Guard 
Association. In politics he is a staunch Re- 
publican, and his first vote was cast for Abra- 
ham Lincoln. In religion he is a Presby- 
terian. He was formerly a member of the 
Union League club of New York City. He 
married June 26. 1879. Martha Ann. born at 
Troy, daughter of Henry Ingram (see Ingram 
VIII). 



The surname Lockwood 
LOCKWOOD is of very ancient origin 

and is mentioned in the 
Domesday Book. It is a place name, and the 
family has several branches in England, in 
Staffordshire, Yorkshire, county Essex and 
Northampton. The coat-of-arms borne by 
Rev. Richard Lockwood. pastor of Dingley, 
Northampton, was : Argent, a fesse between 
three martletts sable. 

(I) Robert Lockwood. immigrant ancestor, 
came to New England about 1630 and set- 
tled in Watertown. Massachusetts. He was 
admitted a freeman, March 9, 1636-37, and 
was the executor of the estate of one Edmund 
Lockwood, supposed to have been his brother. 
He removed to Fairfield, Connecticut. He 
was recorded as a settler there as early as 
1641 and died there in 1668. He was admit- 
ted a freeman of that state. May 20. 1662. 
He was appointed sergeant at Fairfield in 
May, 1657. He is said to have lived for a 
time in Norwalk, Connecticut. He married 
Susannah , who married (second) Jef- 
frey Ferris, and died at Greenwich. Chil- 
dren: Jonathan, mentioned below; Deborah, 
born October 12, 1636; Joseph. August 6. 
1638; Daniel. March 21. 1640; Ephraim. De- 
cember I. 1641 ; Gershom. September 6. 1643; 
John ; Abigail, married John Barlow, of Fair- 
field ; Sarah; Mary, married Jonathan 
Heusted. 

(II) Lieutenant Jonathan, son of Robert 
Lockwood. was born in Watertown. MassH- 
chusetts. September 10, 1634. died May 12. 
1688. in Greenwich. Connecticut, in his fifty- 
fourth year. He married Mary, daughter of 
Jeffrey Ferris, who married, late in life, Mrs. 
Susannah Lockwood. widow of Robert Lock- 
wood, and Jonathan's mother. Jonathan 
signed a paper on January i. 1657. at East- 
towne, in the New Netherlands, in which 
he promised allegiance to the Dutch gover- 
nor as long as he lived within his jurisdic- 
tion. He lived in Stamford, Connecticut, Oc- 
tober 16, 1660, and in 1665 he sold his es- 
tate there and moved to Greenwich. He was 
made a freeman here in 1670. He was assis- 
tant in May, 1671, and in 1672 was "one of 
the twenty-seven proprietors." He repre- 
sented the town in the legislature for four 
years. At his death, the people met in town 
meeting and pas.sed resolutions deploring the 
loss of so valuable a citizen, and he was 
greatly mourned. He w-as deputy to the gen- 
eral assembly several times. He was ap- 
pointed by the court, with three others, to 
determine the boundary line between Green- 
wich and the colony of New York, from 
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1427 



9, 1688, he made a deed, a division of prop- 
erty, and named his wife and children. This 
was three days before his death. His wife, 
after his death, made provision for her chil- 
dren, when about to marry Sergeant Thomas 
Merritt, of Rye. June 5, 1696. Children: 
Jonathan, born about 1663 ; Robert ; Gershom ; 
Still John, about 1674; Joseph, mentioned be- 
low ; Sarah ; Abigail. 

(HI) Joseph, son of Lieutenant Jonathan 
Lockwood, was bom in 1675, in Stamford, 
Connecticut, died 1759, aged eighty-four, at 
Poundridge, Westchester county. New York, 
where he moved in 1743. He was admitted 
a freeman, February 7, 1697. He married 
(first). May 19, 1698, Elizabeth Ayres, who 
died December 16, 171 5. He married (sec- 
ond), August 10, 1716, Margery, born Oc- 
tober 4, 1683, died January 2, 1736-37, 
daughter of James and Hannah (Scofield) 
Webb. Children by first wife: Joseph, born 
March 15, 1699, mentioned below; Hannah, 
March 24, 1701 ; John, September 18, 1703; 
Nathaniel, April i, 1706, died young; Eliza- 
beth, May 15, 1708; Israel, June 4, 1710; 
Mary; Reuben, December 15, 171 5. By sec- 
ond wife: Nathaniel, May 20, 1717; Nathan, 
March 25, 1719; James, July 15, 1722. 

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) Lock- 
wood, was born March 15, 1699, at Stam- 
ford. He moved with his father to Pound- 
ridge in 1743, and here he died June 15, 1757. 
He was one of the proprietors of the Stam- 
ford Patent, which was granted in 1685. He 
married Sarah, born April i, 1706, died in 
1790, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Pickett) 
Hoyt. Children : Eliakim, born February 
28, 1728-29; Joseph, June 30, 1731, men- 
tioned below; Elizabeth, March 7, 1733: Gil- 
bert, 1736, died 1740; Ebenezer, March 31, 
1737: Rachel, January 19, 1739; Mercy; 
Hezekiah, killed by a fence rail, aged seven 
years ; Prudence. 

(V) Captain Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) 
Lockwood, was born June 30, 1731, in Stam- 
ford, died March 17, 1792, at Poundridge. 
Joseph Lockwood was elected town clerk of 
Old Poundridge in 1760. He was chosen 
captain of a military company, and his com- 
mission was issued September 13, 1775. On 
June 10, 1775, a list of men who went from 
Manchester to Ticonderoga under him is 
given by him. He was chosen as one of the 
competent officers by the committee of safety 
at New York. He was unanimously chosen 
chairman of the first meeting of the congre- 
gation of the Presbyterian Society at Pound- 
ridge in 1760. He married Hannah Close, 
who died December 22, 1806, daughter of 
Solomon Close, of North Salem, New York. 



She married (second) Captain James Rich- 
ards, of New Canaan, Connecticut, a wealthy 
man, who died at New Canaan, May 17, 1810, 
aged eighty-seven, after being blind for sev- 
eral years. Qiildren : Hannah ; Sarah, born 
1761 ; Joseph, December 3. 1764; Solomon, 
August 28, 1766, mentioned below; Prudence, 
1767; Mindwell, married Jotham Waring; 
Mercy; Matilda, died young; Matilda, mar- 
ried Seth Kellogg; Nancy, married Henry 
Jones. 

(VI) Solomon, son of Captain Joseph (3) 
Lockwood, was born August 28, 1766, at 
Poundridge, died March 19, 1841. He mar- 
ried Mary Close, of Greenwich, born April 
16, 1770, died May 6, 1848, daughter of Odle 
Close. Children: Bethia, born June 21, 
1791 ; Odle, May 4, 1793; Leander, Novem- 
ber 21. 1794; Joseph. September 23. 1796; 
Hannah. Alarch 9, 179S: William, September 
14, 1800: Catharine Mary, October 13, 1802, 
married John L. Silliman, died April 17, 1879 
(see Silliman VI) ; Sarah Elizabeth, Septem- 
ber 10, 1805; Solomon, September 5, 1810, 
died September 22, 181 1. 



Randolph, son of Ingel'ram or 

INGRAM Ing'ram, was the sheriflf of 

Nottingham and Derby in the 

reign of Henry II, 1133-89. He had two 

sons, Robert and William. 

Robert Ingram, knight, son of Randolph, 
was of such importance in the reign of Henry 
III that the Prior and Convent of Lenton 
granted to him a yearly rent out of their 
lands in Sheynton and Nottingham, in recog- 
nition of his military service in their defense. 
His arms are painted in Temple Nevvsham, 
or Newsam, England, which is an immense 
estate, six miles long and four wide, about 
four and a half miles east of Leeds. It is now 
called the Ingram Estate, and at first it was a 
settlement of Knights Templar in the twelfth 
and thirteenth centuries. After their disper- 
sion, it was granted by Edward III to Sir 
John Darcy, and descended to Sir Thomas 
Darcy, who was beheaded by Henry VIII, 
and the estate was forfeited to the crown. 
In 1354 it was again granted by Henry Ylll 
to Mathew, Earl of Lennox, and here was 
born his .son, Henry Darnley, who later mar- 
ried Mary, Queen of Scots. The estate de- 
scended to their son, James I, of England, 
and from him to his kinsman, Esme Stuart, 
Duke of Lennox, from whom it passed to 
Sir Arthur Ingram, the first of the Lords 
Viscount Irwin, one of the conditions being 
that the room in which Lord Darnley was 
born in should remain unaltered, and this 
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Sir Arthur Iiitjram, who is supposed to 
have been born about 1570, was celebrated 
for his valor as a cavalier. He was a near 
relative of Wentworth, the celebrated Earl 
of Stafford. He was twice married ; first to 
Eleanor, daughter of Sir Henry Slingsby, of 
the "Red House," and second to Lady Kath- 
erine, daughter of Thomas, Lord Viscount 
Fairfax of Gilling. Sir Arthur died in 1655. 
His portrait in cavalier costume, that of the 
First Viscount Irwin in full armor, and of 
Henr>', the second Viscount Irwin in half ar- 
mor, all nearly full length, were in the col- 
lection of the Bishop of California, William 
Ingraham Kip, D. D., LL. D., who died in 
1894. His children were Henry and Arthur. 
Henry, son of Sir Arthur Ingram, was 
born between 1595 and 1600. At the time of 
the restoration, six years after the death of 
his father, he was created a peer of Scot- 
land by Charles II, with the title of Viscount 
Irwin, by letters patent, dated May 23, 1661, 
as a recompense to the family for their loy- 
alty. He married Anne, daughter of Mon- 
tacute. Earl of Manchester, a leader in par- 
liament. The male branch in England, as 
descended from Sir Henry, the second Vis- 
count Irwin, became extinct with Charles 
Ingram, ninth Viscount Irwin, who died in 
1778. His daughter, the Marchioness of 
Hertford, and Lady William Gordon, suc- 
cessively inherited Temple Newsam, and from 
them it passed to their sister, Mrs. Hugo 
Maynell, whose son took the name of In- 
gram, and his descendants are the present 
owners of the family estate. 

Arthur, of P.arrowby, son of Sir Arthur 
Ingram, and brother to Henry Ingram, was 
born between 1595 and 1600. He married a 
daughter of Sir John Mallory about 161 5. and 
genealogists agree that it was from him that 
the Ingram family in America is descended. 
(I) Richard, dovibtless son of Arthur In- 
gram, came to America between 1638 and 
1642. He settled in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 
where he was a proprietor in 1645. Some 
years later he moved to Northampton, Massa- 
chusetts, where in 1668, late in life, he mar- 
ried, probably his second marriage, Joan 
Rockwell Raker, daughter of William Rock- 
well and widow of Jeffrey Raker, of Wind- 
sor, Connecticut. He contributed a sum at 
the time of the general sul)scription for the 
support for Harvard college in 1672-73. He 
died in August, 1683, and his widow died 
September 16. 1683, both at Northampton. 
He is thought to have been a brother of 
Jared and Edward Ingram, as they all lived 
near together at times, and the name is the 
same. F.dward came to America in 1635, and 



Richard between 1638 and 1642, and Jared 
in 1635. There is also a John Ingram, who 
settled at Roston and Hadley, who is thought 
to have been Richard's son. 

(II) John, very likely son of Richard In- 
gram, was born in England about 1642. He 
come to New England when a young man, 
and settled first at Roston, Massachusetts. 
He removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, with 
two others in 1661, and was admitted a free- 
man in 1663. He was a member of Joseph 
Kellogg's company of Hadley, under Captain 
William Turner, and was engaged in the fight 
at Turner's Falls, during King Philip's war. 
May ig, 1676. He died June 22, 1722. He 
married, 1664, Elizabeth, daughter of Sam- 
uel and Elizabeth Gardner, of Hadley, and 
she died November 29, 1684. Children: 
John, born June 29, 1665; Jadiah, August 16, 
1668; Samuel, October 8, 1670; Ebenezer, 
February 3, 1673; Nathaniel, October 8, 
1674, mentioned below; Jonathan, 1676; 
Elizabeth, Mav i, 1679; Abigail, January 12, 
1683. 

(III)Nathaniel, son of John Ingram, was 
born at Hadley, October 8, 1674. He mar- 
ried, October 20, 1696, Esther, born March 
31, 1674, daughter of Chileab and Hannah 
(Hitchcock) Smith, of Hadley. He and his 
son Nathaniel had a grant of land at South 
Hadley, which the Ingram family retained 
and occupied one hundred and seventy-five 
years. It was sold in the spring of 1904. 
Children: Esther, born July 23, 1697; Eliza- 
beth, April 6, 1699; Abigail, August 24, 1700; 
Alercy. April 15, 1702: Ebenezer, November 
18, 1703; Nathaniel, May 18, 1708; Hannah, 
April 14, 1711; Jonathan, June 5, 1713, men- 
tioned below: Sarah, October 2, 1717. 

(IV) Jonathan, son of Nathaniel Ingram, 
was born June 5, 1713, died November 12 or 
14, 1748. He married. May 18. 1743, Mary, 
daughter of John Montague, Jr. Children : 
Jonathan, born January 5, 1745, mentioned be- 
low ; John, August 9, 1746; Mary, Novem- 
ber 21, 1748. 

(V) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (i) 
Ingram, was born January 5, 1745. Children: 
Jonathan, mentioned below; Samuel, March. 
1781 ; son, April 20, 1783; Joanna, baptized 
April 17, 1785; Ira, baptized December 31, 
1786; Elisha, baptized April 17, 1789. 

(VI) Jonathan (3), son of Jonathan (2) 
Ingram, was born at Hadley, May 2, 1779, 
died at Marlborough, Vermont, August 
ir, 1855. He was a farmer. He moved to 
Marlborough among the early settlers. He 
was a deacon of the Congregational church 
there. He married, August 25, 1802, Polly, 
daughter of Jonathan Underwood. Children : 



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Henry, William, Jonathan, Porter, Harriet, 
Polly, Joanna, Lucy, Ira. 

(VH) Henry (2), son of Jonathan (3) 
Ingram, was born at Marlborough, Vermont, 
December 7, 1803, died at Troy, New York, 
August 10, 1890. He was educated in the 
Marlborough public schools, and worked dur- 
ing his youth on the homestead. He went 
to Northfield, Massachusetts, when he came 
of age, and in 1830 removed to Troy, New 
York, where he embarked in the grocery 
business. Subsequently he was engaged in 
manufacturing and in the wholesale liquor 
trade in the firm of H. Ingram & Company, 
in which his brother William was his partner. 
He was one of the organizers of the National 
State Bank and vice-president and president 
for many years. He retired a few years be- 
fore he died. In politics he was a Democrat, 
and greatly interested in public affairs, but 
never sought office for himself. He was a 
member of the Universalist church, and was 
one of the first of the family to leave the 
Presbyterian church and join the liberal de- 
nomination. He married, October 12, 1836, 
at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Martha, daughter 
of Simeon and Lucy (Deming) Butler. Chil- 
dren: I. James Henry, born at Troy, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1838, died at Brooklyn, New York, 
February 27, 1900; enlisted in the civil war 
in the Sixth New York Independent Bat- 
talion and served three years ; promoted to 
rank of sergeant; was in the mounted artil- 
lery in the Army of the Potomac and took 
part in nineteen important battles ; was for a 
time under General John A. Logan ; captured 
and confined in Libby prison and paroled. 
Soon after he engaged in business with his 
father and continued until the eighties, when 
his father retired, and he went into business 
in Brooklyn ; was chief of the fire department 
for years and captain of Read Steamer Com- 
pany ; was sheriff of the county ; was a Demo- 
crat; married, but left no children. 2. Jona- 
than E., born July 15, 1839, died April i, 
1844. 3. Charles, December 7, 1841, died 
October 21, 1842. 4. Francenah J., July 10, 
1843, died April 8, 1844. 5. Martha A., April 
18, 1846. 6. Emma, June i, 1848. 7. George, 
October 17, 1851, died November 18, 1851. 

(VIII) Martha Ann, daughter of Henry 
(2) Ingram, was born at Troy, New York, 
April 18, 1846. She married S. Augustus 
Silliman (see Silliman VII). She was edu- 
cated in the public schools and private 
schools, graduating from the Troy high 
school in 1863 and from the Troy Female 
Seminary in 1865. She is a member of the 
Alumni Associations of the Troy high school 
and of the Troy Female Seminary, now Emma 



Willard school, and has been president of the 
Troy Chapter of the Emma Willard Alumnae 
Association for ten years. She has been presi- 
dent of the Young Women's Association for 
the past nine years, and on the board of man- 
agement for nearly twenty-five years. She 
was a charter member of the Samaritan Hos- 
pital 'and its treasurer for several years ; is 
vice-president of the board of women man- 
agers. She is regent of Philip Schuyler Chap- 
ter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 
and had been vice-regent for several years 
previously. She is a director of the State 
Board of New York, of the Federation of 
Women's Clubs, and is vice-president of the 
Stephen Van Rensselaer Chapter of the 
Daughters of the Empire State. In religion 
she is a Universalist, and she is the active 
president of the Mission Circle of the church. 
She was formerly vice-president of the New 
York State Universalist Missionary Society. 
She is one of the managers of the Women's 
League of the Universalist church. She ia 
the tnistee of the William Ingram estate. 
During Troy Home Week Celebration, in 
1908, Mrs. Silliman was chairman of the 
Women's Day celebration, and in 1909 she 
was appointed general chairman by Mayor 
Mann, of Troy, of the women's committee of 
the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, held at Music 
Hall, October 8, 1909. 

(The Kellogg Line). 

(III) Nathaniel Kellogg, son of Lieutenant 
Joseph Kellogg (q. v.), was born October 8, 
1669, in Hadley, died October 30, 1750, aged 
eighty-one. About 1739 he removed to Am- 
herst. He married, June 28, 1692, Sarah, 
daughter of Samuel Boltwood. She was liv- 
ing January 26, 1761. Children: Nathaniel, 
born September 22, 1693; Ebenezer, May 31, 
1695 ; Ezekiel, April 15, 1697 ; Samuel, April 4, 
1699, mentioned below; Sarah, March 12, 
1701 ; Abigail, March 19, 1703; Mary, March 
9, 1706; Ephraim, August 2. 1709; Experi- 
ence, married October 15, 1736. 

(IV) Samuel, son of Nathaniel Kellogg, 
was born April 4, 1699, died in South Had- 
ley, about May. 1741. He married. May 22, 
1724, Sarah, daughter of Deacon John Smith. 
She married (second) January, 1749, William 
Montague. Children: Samuel, horn March 
17, 1725 ; Joanna, married Jonathan Ingram ; 
Gad; Dan; Huldah, died October 3, 1756; 
Mary; Lucy; Sarah, died June 12, 1747. 



Captain Richard Bracket! 

BRACKETT was one of the first of the 

name in America. It is 

known that he was in the colony of Massa- 



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cluisetts Bay as early as 1630. Other Brack- 
etts in the Bay Colony at an early date were 
Peter Brackett, of Boston, and Thomas 
Brackett, of Salem. Captain Richard Brack- 
ett testified by affidavit on July 2, 1668, that 
the year of his birth was 1612. His tomb- 
stone says "aged 80 years," deceased March 
5, 1690. If this be so, he was born in t6io, 
which would make him nineteen years of age 
in 1629, the year he came to America. On 
August 27, 1630, he was among the colonists 
with whom Governor Winthrop organized the 
first church of Boston. With this church he 
remained twelve years, when he removed to 
Braintree. He was made a freeman of Bos- 
ton, 1636, and November 23, 1636, he be- 
came a member of the Ancient and Honor- 
able Artillery Company. While in Boston 
he was appointed by the general court keeper 
of the prison, and was jailer for several years. 
It is stated that the jailer described in Haw- 
thorne's "Scarlet Letter" was Richard Brack- 
ett. Captain Richard Brackett was one of 
the early settlers and incorporators of Brain- 
tree. He sold his Boston property and re- 
moved to Braintree in 1641-42. He was or- 
dained deacon of the Braintree church. July 
21, 1642, and this office he held until his 
death. He was the first town clerk and held 
office several years. In 1652-70-72 he was 
selectman; in 1654 he was elected represen- 
tative to the general court : was also deputy 
in 1655-66-67-71-72-73-74-75-80. He was 
sergeant of the train band, lieutenant, and 
about 1654 was attacked by the Indians dur- 
ing King Philip's war; Captain Richard 
Brackett and his men were constantly em- 
ployed in that war, but there is little record 
of their doings. As he advanced in years he 
sought to unburden himself of some of his 
public duties. In 1684 the general court al- 
lowed him to resign liis place as "chief mili- 
tary commander" of Braintree, after forty- 
three years of service, and thirty as captain. 
His business in Braintree was farming ; he 
had choice of the best land in the town, and 
acquired a considerable estate. When Bille- 
rica, Massachusetts, was incorporated, he be- 
came a freeholder; two of his sons and two 
daughters later settled there. It is said that 
at one time he taught the Braintree school. 
He was a busy man, highly honored and re- 
spected. He is buried in "the north precinct 
of Braintree, now Quincy. 

His wife's name was Alice . She 

was his lifelong companion after their mar- 
riage, she preceeding him to the grave but one 
year, in 1689. A silver cup inscribed B 
used in the Unitarian church in R and A 
i'.raintrce (in -early days Congregational) at 



communion service is the gift of Captain 
Richard Brackett and his wife Alice to the 
church. He made his will January 29, 1689, 
remembered all his children, and nominated 
his son James to be sole executor. The will 
was approved at Boston, December 19, 1690. 
Children: i. Hannah, killed by the Indians at 
Dunstable, now Nashua, New Hampshire; 
married (first) Samuel Kingsley; (second) 
Deacon John Blanchard. 2. John, married 
(first) Hannali French; (second) Mrs. Ruth 
(Morse) Ellis. 3. Peter, twin with John, 
married (first) Elizabeth Bosworth ; (second) 
Mrs. Sarah (Parker) Foster. 4. Rachel, mar- 
ried Simon Crosby. 5. Mary, married Jo- 
seph, son of Rev. William Thompson. 6. 
James, see forward. 7. Sarah, married Jo- 
seph Crosby. 8. Josiah, married Elizabeth 
Waldo. All of these reared families, some of 
them very large ones. 

{ H) James, son of Captain Richard and 
Alice Brackett, was born in Braintree, Mas- 
sachusetts, about 1645. In deeds he is de- 
scribed as a "Cooper." In 1673 he removed 
to Boston, as shown by his letter of dismissal 
from the Braintree church to the Third (Old 
South) Church in Boston, where he was ad- 
mitted a member, March 2, 1673. In 1682 he 
returned to Braintree, according to similar 
evidence. He was admitted a freeman in 
Boston, May 12, 1675: clerk. 1689-94; was 
sergeant of the Braintree military company, 
1695 ; selectman, 1701-03. He seems to have 
bought and sold a good deal of land and to 
have been a man of some distinction. He 
married, in Braintree, about 1674, Sarah, 
born in Hingham, Massachusetts, December 
22, 1649, died October 6, 1727. daughter of 
Thomas and Sarah (Beal) Alarsh, and grand- 
daughter of George and Elizabeth Marsh, 
who came to America in 1635. Children: 
Joseph, of Braintree, married Mehitable 
Belcher; Nathan, see forward; Sarah, mar- 
ried Edward Adams, of Milford ; Mary, un- 
married ; Deborah, married Samuel Baxter, of 
Braintree; Anne, married Deacon Richard 
Paxon, of Braintree ; Abigail, baptized Octo- 
ber 20, 1689, in Braintree, married August 6, 
1719, Gregory, son of Deacon Gregory. 

(Ill) Nathan, son of James and Sarah 
(Marsh) Brackett. was baptized in Braintree, 
Massachusetts, September 29, 1678. in the 
First Church. His birth occurred on the 23rd. 
He lived continuously in Braintree from 1683 
until his death, in May, 1743. He led the 
quiet life of a farmer, and never held public 
office. In 1723 he was chosen constable, but 
prevailed upon his brother-in-law to accept 
the office in his stead, the selectmen giving 
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^\■ith the church until well along in years. His 
farm is referred to as "at Mount Wollaston." 
He married, March 27, 1707, Hannah Veazy, 
baptized January 21, 1685, died before March 
31. 1753. Children: James, married (first) 
Abigail Belcher, (second) Alary Brackett ; Jo- 
siah. married Anna Beale; Samuel, married 
Elizabeth Gomary ; Mary, married Silas Stet- 
son ; John, married Demaris Dean ; Sarah, 
married Jonathan Hayward ; Nathan, married 
Hannah Owen, served in French war ; his 
5on Nathan served in the revolution. 

(IV) Nathan (2), youngest child of Nathan 
(i) and Hannah (V^eazy) Brackett, was born 
in Braintree, Massachusetts, July i, 1724. 
Farmer, removed to LTpton, Worcester county, 
Alassachusetts, in 1754. Name on list of Up- 
ton train band, dated March 23, 1757. Before 
the revolution he removed to Buckland, Frank- 
lin county, Massachusetts, where he died in 
1795. He married. September 5, 1749, Han- 
nah Owen. Children : Nathan, was in almost 
continuous service in the revolution from the 
"Lexington Alarm" until August 8. 1780, and 
in 1831 was allowed a pension, no marriage 
recorded : Hannah, died young ; Jonathan, un- 
married ; Betsey ; Samuel, served in revolution 
from the "Alarm" of April 19, 1775, until 
(October 12, 1780, granted a pension in 1833, 
■married Betsey Leonard: Sally; Benjamin, 
revolutionary soldier, under different enlist- 
ments, pensioned in 1833, married Susannah 
^^'ashburn ; Hannah, married Thomas Wilson ; 
James, see forward ; Rebecca ; Lois. 

(V) James (2), son of Nathan (2) and 
Hannah (Owen) Brackett, was born in Upton, 
Alassachusetts, January 27, 1765, died at 
Delhi, New York, 1812. It is traditional that 
he served in the .A,merican army during the 
last year of the revolution. He was a farmer, 
and after the war ended removed to Buckland, 
thence to Ashland, Massachusetts, and later to 
Delhi, New York. He married, in Ashland, 
January i, 1798, Anna Watson Flower, died 
February 14, 1866, in Hannibal. New York, 
daughter of Major William (died at age of 
ninety-five years) and Hannah (Flower) 
Flower, his first cousin. Children: i. John 
Adams, see forward. 2. James Alanson, 
settled in Hannibal Center, New York ; miller 
and farmer ; class leader in the Methodist 
Episcopal church ; superintendent of Sunday 
school : largely through his liberality and ef- 
forts the Methodist church was built in that 
village : married Sarah Sherman, of Rhine- 
beck, New York. 3. William, merchant in 
Hannibal Center: married (first) Julia Flow- 
er; (second) Sally Ann, daughter of Rev. 
Isaac Teller. 4. Hannah, married Daniel Has- 
kins. S- Truman F., farmer; married Phoebe 



Perkins. 6. Harry A., farmer; married (first) 
Adaline Brown; (second) LoceUa Austin. 7. 
Harriet, married William Perkins, of Hannibal 
Center. 8. Fidelia A., married James A. 
Knowlton, of Hannibal, New York. 

(VI) John Adams, son of James (2) and 
Anna Watson (Flower) Brackett, was born in 
Ashfield, Massachusetts, September 16, 1798, 
died January 4, 1871, in Saratoga Springs, 
New York. He was a cooper and farmer. 
He resided in Pittstown, Wilton, Bald Moun- 
tain and Saratoga Springs, New York. He 
married (first) at Grafton, New York, Eliza 
Chase, died January 14, 1833; married (sec- 
ond) Abigail M. Sturges, died 1855. Chil- 
dren by first wife: James Sylvester, miller, of 
Mt. Vernon, Iowa, married Nancy Sherman ; 
William Watson, see forward ; Henry Russell, 
died 1904, married Mary L. Ott ; John, died 
in infancy : George Russell, died 1901, married 
Mary J. Perry; Polly, died 1866, married 
Elisha Sherman ; Eliza M., married Cornelius 
H. Ott; Harriet, died 1883, married John 
Fryer ; John Adams, Jr., enlisted in the civil 
war in the One Hundred and Forty-fourth 
Regiment. New York Volunteer Infantry 
("Ellsworth's Avengers"), was promoted cor- 
poral, then sergeant ; at Gettysburg, when the 
regimental color bearer was shot. Sergeant 
Brackett seized and bore the colors until him- 
self shot. July 2, 1863 ; he lay on the battle- 
field until July 9, and died either on the 
19th or 22nd day of July, 1863. 

(VII) William Watson, son of John Adams 
and Eliza (Chase) Brackett, was born in Pitts- 
town, New York, January 14, 1825, died in 
Mt. Vernon, Linn county, Iowa, June 15, 
1891. He was a railroad bridge builder and 
followed his calling over a wide territory. In 
1857 he went to Linn county, Iowa, on a visit, 
but made it his permanent home until his 
death. He married, in Wilton, Saratoga 
county. New York, March 4, 1846, Elizabeth 
A., daughter of Sylvanins and Clarissa (Slat- 
er) Sherman. Children: i. .Xnna Eliza, born 
October 24. 1847, in Wilton, New York; mar- 
ried, December 31, 1868, Myron K., son of 
Zebulon J. and Roxanna S. (Kibbe) Neff; 
children : Fred B.. Charles W. and Elizabeth. 
2. Edgar T., see forward. 3. Clara .Ada, born 
September 9, 1859, at Ely, Iowa ; married Wil- 
liam Smith, deceased. 

(VHI) Edgar Truman, only son of William 
Watson and Elizabeth A. (Sherman) Brack- 
ett, was born July 30, 1853, at Emersons 
Corners (now Green Spring), in the town of 
Wilton, Saratoga county, New York. He was 
an infant when his parents removed to Iowa, 
where he was educated and grew to manhood. 
In 1872 he was graduated from 'Cornell Col- 



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lege, a Methodist institution of learning at 
Mount Vernon. In September, 1872, he lo- 
cated in Saratoga Springs, New York, where 
he began the study of law in the office of Pond 
& French. In June, 1875, he was admitted to 
the New York bar, at the general term of the 
supreme court held at Elmira, and the same 
month his Alma Mater conferred upon him 
the degree of A.M. In the spring of 1876 
he became the junior member of the law firm 
of Pond, French & Brackett, continuing this 
association for twelve years, when the firm be- 
came Pond & Brackett. He became the senior 
member of Brackett, Butler & Baucus; since 
1891 he has practised his profession alone. 
He is a very able and successful practitioner, 
learned in the law, skillful in its application, 
wise and safe as a counselor. His advice and 
assistance is often sought by his legal breth- 
ren in the trial of cases, or in argument before 
appellate tribunals. In the year 1895 he began 
his public political career that continues to the 
present time (1910). In that year he was 
elected state senator from the district, com- 
posed of Saratoga, Schenectady and Wash- 
ington counties. He at once took prominent 
rank in the councils of his party (RepubH- 
can) and in the work of the senate. He has 
been in continuous service in the senate 
through successive re-elections, except the 
years 1907-08. His course as a legislator has 
met with the approval of his district, and has 
attracted a great amount of favorable com- 
ment outside district and state. He is inde- 
pendent in thought and action, and neither 
threats nor promises have induced him to 
swerve from his privately formed opinion. 
The undue promotion of private interests at 
the expense of the people has always had in 
him a vigorous opponent. To no one man 
is more credit due for recent legislation in 
regard to the control of insurance and other 
companies than to the fearless, upright Sen- 
ator Brackett. In 1898 he received a further 
evidence of the high esteem in which he is 
held by his "Alma Mater" by the conferring 
upon him of the degree LL.D. He has always 
taken a great interest in educational matters, 
has served for several years upon the com- 
mittee of public education, and most gener- 
ously aided Cornell College with his influence 
and financial aid. His business interests be- 
yond law and politics are largely in Saratoga 
Springs. He is president of the Adirondack 
Trust Company and other of the village's en- 
terprises. He finds relaxation at the Saratoga 
Club, of which he is a member. He belongs 
to Rising Sun Lodge, No. 103, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, Chapter and Washington 
Commandery. Senator Brackett's deepest in- 



terest is in the law. Valuable as his services 
have been to the state as a legislator, and 
apparently deeply engrossed in public affairs 
as he is, it is to the law that he has given 
his life's best thought and most earnest ef- 
fort, and it is as a lawyer that he prefers to 
go down in history. Still in the vigor of his 
manhood, he is actively engaged in his pro- 
fession, ranking with the most eminent in 
the state. He married, November 22, 1882, 
Mary Emma, daughter of Charles and Anna 
(Laing) Corliss. Children: Edgar Truman, 
Jr., born March 25, 1890, died July 10, 1899; 
"Charles William, November 26, 1892. 



The house of Argyll, head 
CAMPBELL of the Scottish Clan Camp- 
bell, have an authenticated 
history extending back to the great Diarmid 
'Mac Dwibhne, who was contemporary with the 
79th King of Scots, Anno Domini, 977. From 
him through lyric odes of the bards and tra- 
dition they trace thirteen generations further 
back into antiquity to Constantine, who came 
over from France in the year 404 and died 
Anno Domini, 420. In the seventeenth gen- 
eration from Constantine the whole clan 
O'Dwibhne in Argyllshire assumed the sur- 
name Campbell in courtesy to their chief, Ar- 
chibald, whose name or title was translated in 
the Latin Campus Bellus, and Campbell the 
name has since been. The family were noble 
for ten generations to Archibald, the tenth 
earl, who in 1701 was created by William the 
Third, Duke of Argyle. He was of the for- 
tieth generation. The present Duke of Argyle 
is the thirty-first Campbell in direct descent 
to hold the title. 

The first of the clan to come to America and 
settle in northern New York was Captain 
Laughlin Campbell, a soldier of great courage, 
who visited Washington county in 1737 in 
response to the invitation of the New York 
authorities to Scotch Highlanders to settle 
here. Laughlin Campbell was a younger 
brother of the then Duke of Argyle. Being 
pleased with the country, he was promised a 
grant of thirty thousand acres for colony use, 
for survey fees and quit rent, by Lieutenant- 
Governor Clark. He returned to Scotland, 
sold his property, raised a colony of four hun- 
dred and twenty-three adults, and with a part 
of them came the next year (1738) to New 
York, where Governor Clark insisted on full 
fees and a share in the land. Campbell re- 
fused his demands, and Clark recommended 
the legislature to grant the colony assistance, 
but that body, then at war with the governor, 
declined to respond, as they suspected the 
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fees. The colonists were obliged to separate 
to earn their living, and Campbell, with the 
remains of his broken fortunes, purchased and 
settled down upon a small farm in the prov- 
ince. A few years after, in 1745, when the 
rebellion broke out in Scotland, he went back 
to that country and served under the Duke of 
Cumberland until the close of the war. He 
then returned to his family here, and died 
soon after from the effects of wounds received 
in the war. His children were afterward 
granted, in 1763, a tract of ten thousand acres 
in Washington county, in the town of Argyle, 
now Greenwich. 

(H) Duncan, son of Captain Laughlin 
Campbell, settled in the town of Argyle, 
Washington county, New York, on the "Camp- 
bell Patent," near the Batten Kill, in 1765. In 
1803 the town of Greenwich was created from 
Argyle and his farm was in the new town. 
It contained four hundred and fifty acres. 
From 1772 to 1780 Duncan Campbell was 
supervisor of the town. He married and had 
.issue. In the old burying ground at. Fort 
Edward, New York, may be seen an old tomb- 
stone, which must not be confounded with the 
burial place of Duncan Campbell, although he 
was a kinsman. "Here lyes the body of Dun- 
can Campbell of Invershaw Esq. Major to the 
old Highland regiment ; aged 55 years who 
died the 17th of July 1758 of the wounds he 
received in the attack of the Retrenchments of 
Ticonderoga or Carillon 8th of July 1758." 

(HI) Archibald, son of Duncan Campbell, 
was born on the farm in Argyle in 1739, died 
at Jackson, New York, January 31, 1808. He 
was a merchant, and one of the five trustees 
appointed to divide and distribute the land to 
the grantees under the Campbell patent. In 
1772-73-74 he was town clerk. In 1789 his 
name heads the list of subscribers to the fund 
for erecting a church building for the United 
Presbyterian congregation, of which he was 
one of the original members. He married 
Flora McNeil, born 1755, died in Jackson, 
New York, November i, 1825. They are 
buried on the old farm near Salem, New 
York. Children : Catherine, born January 4, 
1772; Ann, April 27, 1774; John, June 15, 
1776 ; Alexander, see forward ; Ellen, June 
12, 1783; Duncan (2), September 26, 1785; 
Margaret (twin), October 8, 1787; Ann 
(twin) ; Archibald, Jr., 1790 (q. v.). 

(IV) Alexander, son of Archibald and 
Flora (McNeil) Campbell, was born at Jack- 
son, Washington county. New York, February 
^9' 1779- He married, February 22, 1812, 
Eleanor, born 179 1, in Center Falls. Wash- 
ington county. New York, daughter of J. Ezra 
Dyer. Children: Angeline, born January 13, 



18 13 ; Catherine, January 22, 1815 ; Alexander, 
October 19, 1817; Ezra Dyer, September 12. 
1819; Melancthon Wheeler, see forward ? 
Nancy E., September 27, 1827; Esther Ann, 
April 21, 1830. 

(V) Melancthon Wheeler, son of Alex- 
ander and Eleanor (Dyer) Campbell, was- 
born in Jackson, Washington county. New 
York, November 9, 1822, died March i, 1894, 
at Troy, New York. He married Adelia Caro- 
line Schoonmaker, born in Stillwater, Sara- 
toga county, New York, June 12, 1825. Chil- 
dren: Alexander F.. born November 9, 1856, 
he is a lawyer of New York City, unmarried, 
Charles Dunning, see forward ; William- 
Melancthon. November 21, 1861, a physician 
of Cohoes, New York. 

(VI) Charles Dunning, second son of 
Melancthon Wheeler and Adelia C. (Schoon- 
maker) Campbell, was born in Stillwater,. 
Saratoga county, New York, March 17, 1859. 
He was educated in Troy, New York, and re- 
sided there until 1907, when he removed to- 
Newark, New Jersey. He is engaged in busi- 
ness in New York City and Troy. He mar- 
ried, April 27. 1886, in Troy, New York, 
Georgianna Sumner (see Sumner VIII), born 
February 22, 1863. Children: Sumner E., 
born January 30, 1887, a student at the Rens- 
saeler Polytechnic Institute ; Dorothea Adelia, 
July II, 1892. 

(The Sumner Line). 

The princijjal family of this name in the 
United States trace their ancestry to Roger 
Sumner, of Oxfordshire, England, a husband- 
man. He married, at Bicester, November 2, 
1601, Joane Franklin, and died there Decem- 
ber 3, 1608. His widow married, January 10, 
161 1, Marcus Brian, of Merton, a neighbor- 
hood parish, who died in 1620. Roger Sumner 
had a brother William, who died at Bicester in 
1597. The only child of Roger and Joane 
Sumner was William. 

(I) William, only child of Roger and Joane 
(Franklin) Sumner, was born at Bicester, 
England, 1605. He married there and in 1636- 
emigrated to New England, settling at Dor- 
chester, Massachusetts. He became a man of 
importance there, holding many offices. He 
was made a freeman May 17, 1637, and was 
selectman of Dorchester for more than twenty 
years. From 1663 to 1680 he was one of the 
feoffes of the school fund, and from 1663 to- 
1671 commissioner to try small causes. He 
was a member of the train band and clerk. 
In 1658-66-70-72-78-81-83-86 he was deputy 
from Dorchester to the general court. He- 
married, at Bicester, England, October 22, 
1625, Mary West. Children, first born in 



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Bicester : William ; Joane, married Aaron 
Way, of Dorchester, and after his death went 
to South Carolina with two of her brothers ; 
Roger ; George, see forward ; Samuel ; In- 
crease. 

(H) Deacon George, fourth child of Wil- 
liam and Mary (West) Sumner, was born in 
Bicester, England, in 1634, died at Milton, 
Massachusetts, December 11, 1715. He formed 
part of the family emigration in 1636. He 
was made a freeman of Massachusetts May 
6, 1657. He removed to Milton, Massachu- 
setts, where he was lieutenant of the train 
band. In 1693-1703-08-09 he was deputy to 
the general court from Milton. He was or- 
dained a deacon of the church July 30, 1699. 
He married, at Northampton, Massachusetts, 
November 7, 1662, Mary, died April i, 17 19, 
daughter of Edward Baker, of that town. 
Children : Mary, married Joseph Swinerton ; 
George (2), married Ann Tucker: Samuel, 
was sergeant in Captain Withington's com- 
pany in the Canada expedition of 1690 and 
was never heard from later ; William, lost on 
the same expedition as Samuel ; Ebenezer, 
married Abigail Lovett ; Edward, see forward ; 
Joseph, married Sarah Lovett ; Benjamin, 
married Elizabeth Babcock. 

(III) Edward, sixth child of Deacon 
George and Mary (Baker) Sumner, was born 
at Milton, Massachusetts, August 29, 1676, 
died in Roxbnry, Massachusetts, 1763. He 
removed from Milton to Roxbury early in 
life, and was a useful citizen. He married, at 
Roxbury, September 25, 1701, Elizabeth, died 
September 26, 1758, daughter of Samuel Clap, 
of Dorchester. Children, all born in Rox- 
bury: Edward (2), see forward: Elizabeth, 
died in infancy ; John, was a Harvard grad- 
uate, A.B., in 1723, married Susanna Stevens: 
Elizabeth, married Benjamin Boylston, of 
Brookline and Mendon, Massachusetts: Sam- 
uel, married Abigail, daughter of Increase 
Mather, of Boston ; Increase, married Sarah, 
daughter of Robert Sharp, of Roxbury ; Han- 
nah, married (first) Rev. John Newman, of 
Edgartown, (second) Jonathan Metcalf, of 
Dcdham ; Mary, married Rev. Thomas Balch, 
of Boston: Nathaniel, graduated A.B. from 
Harvard, class of 1739, resided in Dedham, 
where he was captain of militia, deacon of the 
church, selectman, and in 1757-62-69-70 deputy 
to the general assembly of Massachusetts 
fnim Dedham, married Hannah Bullard, of 
Walpole : Ebenezer, was a lieutenant in the 
expedition against I^uisburg in 1745 : Benja- 
min, lived at Ashford, Connecticut, where he 
was captain, deacon and deputy, married 
Bridget Perry. 

(IV) Edward (2), eldest child of Edward 



(i) and Elizabeth (Clap) Sumner, was born 
at Roxbury, Massachusetts. He removed to 
Ashford, Connecticut, where he died in 1780. 

He married Sarah . Children, all born 

in Ashford: Edward (3), married Experi- 
ence : Sarah, married Solomon Keyes ; 

Elizabeth, born in 1732 ; Mary, died in child- 
hood ; John, see forward ; Hannah, married 
Christopher Webber; Mary, married Daniel 
Allen ; Bridget, was of Corinth, Vermont, in 
1819; Clap, removed to Corinth, Vermont, 
where he was a captain of militia, he mar- 
ried (first) Keziah , (second) Mehit- 

able Lassel, (third) Mary Stevens, who sur- 
vived him and was afterwards twice married. 

(V) John, fifth child of Edward (2) and 
Sarah Sumner, was born at Ashford, Con- 
necticut, in 1736, died in Edinburg, New 
York, August 6, 1804. He served in the revo- 
lution, attaining the rank of captain. Prior 
to 1800, with wife and family, he removed 
to the town of Edinburg, Saratoga county. 
New York, settling near Batchellerville, on the 
north side of the river. The sons, John, Rob- . 
ert, Amasa and Benjamin, all took up farms 
in the neighborhood. John Sumner built the 
first saw mill on Batcheller creek. Two of his 
sons, Robert and Benjamin, served in the 
revolution : Benjamin was taken prisoner and 
conveyed to England in chains. The long 
confinement and galling chains broke down his 
health and he never recovered. He is buried 
on his farm in Saratoga county. John Sum- 
ner was a cousin of the father of the illustri- 
ous Charles Sumner, United States senator 
from Massachusetts. He married, January i, 
1761, Mehitable Perry, of Ashford, whefe all 
his children were born : Robert, see forward ; 
Mary (Polly), married Jonathan Smith, of 
Edinburg, she lived to be one hundred years 
old, dying in 1862 ; Benjamin, the revolution- 
ary soldier of previous mention, married Ruth 
Palmer : Amasa, married and had issue ; Me- 
hitable, married Milliard Trowbridge : Jane, 
died in childhood : Sarah, married Steelson 
Benson ; John, married and had issue : Eliza- 
beth (Betsey), married George Bradford and 
lived to the age of ninety-four years : Piercy, 
married James Perry ; Ebenezer, married and 
had issue. 

(VI) Robert, eldest child of John and Me- 
hitable (Perry) Sumner, was born in Ash- 
ford, Connecticut, September 18. 1761, died at 
Edinburg, New York, November 19, 1845. 
He served in the revolution, and was the first 
supervisor of Edinburg, serving four years. 
He married, December 22, 1784, Jemima, 
daughter of John Younglove, of Thompson, 
Connecticut, and later removed to Kdinburg, 
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5. 1849. Children, first four born in Connec- 
ticut, the last five in Edinburg: Clarissa, mar- 
ried Peter Thompson ; Elsie, married David 
Page, of Northampton, New York; Abigail, 
married Lebbeus Olcott, of Fabius, New 
York; Sarah, married (first) Good- 
win, (second) Elias Sheldon, of Fabius, New 
York ; Amasa, see forward ; Jane, married 
David Benson, of Fabius ; Robert, died in 
childhood; Alanson, married (first) Emily D. 
Beecher, (second) Diadama B. Fay, he re- 
moved to Albany, New York, where he died ; 
Jemima, married Joseph Covell. 

(VH) Amasa, fifth child and eldest son of 
Robert and Jemima (Younglove) Sumner, 
was born in Edinburg, New York, February 
10. 1794. He lived in Edinburg all his days 
and died there May 2, 1871. He married, 
February 10, 1816, Abigail Ellithorp, who died 
in 1848. Children, all born in Edinburg: 
Emily, died in infancy; Elsie, born in 1821 ; 
Robert T., born March 12, 1824, married 
Mary Smith and removed to Brewerton, New 
York ; children : Courtland L., David C, 
Emma A. and Emily E. ; Solomon, born in 
1827, married Mehitable Sumner, a kins- 
woman ; Alamson A., born February, 1829 ; 
Jackson A., see forward: Cyrus, born in 1833, 
married Mary Pullen; children: Charles M., 
William C. and Emma Helena ; Helena, born 
in 1835, married B. R. Jenkins, of Batcheller- 
\ille. New York. 

(VHI) Jackson Amasa, sixth child of 
Amasa and Abigail (Ellithorp) Sumner, was 
born in Edinburg, New York, October 16, 
1831, died in Albany, New York, March 13, 
1870. Fie was actively engaged in the lum- 
ber business in Albany. He was of political 
prominence in the Democratic party. He mar- 
ried, January 29. 1862, Katherine Elizabeth 
Smith, of Troy, born at Clifton Park. New 
York (see Smith HI). Children: Georgi- 
anna. born February 22. 1863, married Charles 
Dunning Campbell (see Campbell VI) ; Rob- 
ert, born June 30, 1868. died July 31, 1869. 

(The Smith Line). 

The family line of Katherine E. Smith 
(Mrs. Jackson A. Sumner) was founded in 
America by Johannes Schmidt, of Germany, 
son of Ludwig. Smith's "History of Rhine- 
beck, New York," records one Johannes 
Schmidt who was baptized there April 5. 1730, 
and married Elizabeth Zipperlee, February 3, 
1 761, and had a son Frederick. The name 
being the same and the dates bfing nearly so, 
it is strongly probable that Johannes of Rhine- 
beck and Johannes of Brunswick are the same. 

(I) Johannes Schmidt, son of Ludwig 
Schmidt, was born in Germany, emigrated to 



America, and is found associated in Rensselaer 
county. New York, at an early date with the 
Wager family, with whom he is said to have 
emigrated. He married and had issue. 

(II) Frederick, son of Johannes Schmidt, 
was born in the town of Brunswick, Rens- 
selaer county, New York, February 19, 1783. 
He was a farmer there all his days. He mar- 
ried Eva File, born September 9, 1783. daugh- 
ter of an early settler of the town. Children : 
Katherine. John F., see forward, David, Bet- 
sey, Jonas, Sarah. Moses, Daniel and Silas. 
The File family are frequently found in the 
early records of Brunswick. The Schmidts 
were members of Gilead Lutheran church, 
where their family records are found. 

(III) John Frederick, eldest son of Fred- 
erick and Eva (File) Schmidt, was born in 
Brunswick, Rensselaer county. New York, De- 
cember 6, 1804, died at Clifton Park, New 
York, November 16, 1846. He was a farmer 
of the town and a member of the Lutheran 
church. He married Lanah Wager, born in 
Brunswick, Rensselaer county, "New York, 
November 3, 1810. Children: Mary Savilla, 
born October 6, 1831, married Francis A. 
Fales, of Troy; Evelyn, born May 7, 183—, 

married Fales, brother of Francis A. 

Fales; children: Louis H., a practicing phvsi- 
cmn of Madison, Wisconsin, and Ida B. Fales ; 
Katherine Elizabeth, married Jackson A. Sum- 
ner (see Sumner VHI) ; Francetta, married 
Richard James Richardson. 



(IV) Archibald (2),young- 
CAMPBELL est son and child of Archi- 
bald (q. v.) and Flora (Mc- 
Neil) Campbell, was born in 1790, died in 
Schenectady, New York. He was prominent 
in politics, and served the county of Sche- 
nectady as county clerk from 1837 until 1843. 
He was a successful man of business, dealing 
in wholesale tobacco, and a leading member 
of the Episcopal church. His residence in the 
city was the finest at the time of its erection, 
located on LTnion near Center street. Fle mar- 
ried and had issue. 

(V) Jacob, son of .\rchibald (2) Campbell, 
was born in the city of Schenectady, New 
York, May 3, 1818, died September 12, 1845. 
He succeeded to the business established by 
his father, which he enlarged and extended 
(wholesale tobacconist). He was a member 
of St. George's Episcopal Church. He was 
buried in the churchyard of that church ; 
when the church was enlarged the extension 
covered his grave so that it cannot be seen. 
He married, December 10. 1840, Sarah H., 
born January 26. 1820. died March 20. 1897, 
daughter of Elias Lyon, born January 27, 



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1796, died January 25, 1857, a contractor and 
builder of Schenectady, son of Jacob Lyon, 
born in England, died in Schenectady, Febru- 
ary 27, 1826, and his wife Catherine Von Ant- 
werp, born in Schenectady, December 27, 
1799. Jacob and Sarah H. (Lyon) Campbell 
were the parents of an infant, Elias L., born 
July 7, 1841, died December 11, 1845, and 
Charles J., see forward. 

(VI) Charles Jacob, youngest child of Ja- 
cob and Sarah H. (Lyon) Campbell, was born 
in Schenectady. New York, May 31- 1844- He 
was educated in the public schools of Schenec- 
tady and the Business College of Bryant and 
Stratton at Albany. He is connected with 
some of the business interests of the city, and ■ 
devotes his time to the care of his personal 
estate. During the war of the rebellion he 
enlisted at age of sixteen as drummer boy in 
the One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Regi- 
ment. New York Volunteer Infantry. He 
served with the Army of the Potomac up to 
and including the battle of Gettysburg. He 
is a member of St. George's Episcopal Church, 
and St. George's Lodge, Free and Accepted 
Masons. He married. May 27, 1869. Annie 
Elizabeth, born in Schenectady, daughter of 
Joshua Barker, of that city. Children, all born 
in Schenectady: i. Maud, April 7, 1870, died 
March 12, 1874. 2. Bertha, July i, 1871, died 
October 15, 187 1. 3- Elias Lyon, April 11, 
1873, died June 7, 1873. 4. Charles Tracy, 
April 22, 1874, died January 6, 1875. 5. 
Madge E., February 14, 1876; married Ar- 
thur Savage; children: Elizabeth, Mary, 
Kathlenn and Charles Campbell Savage. 6. 
Leah B., June 8, 1880; married John J. Mc- 
Mullin; children: Marjorie C. and Douglass 
E. McMullin. 



The Baxters are of English 
BAXTER descent and first appear in 

America in 1630. They were 
numerous in all the New England states, many 
settling in Cape Cod, where they were sea- 
faring men and masters of ships. There was 
a numerous branch in Connecticut, but the 
emigrant cannot be stated. As far as can be 
learned, the progenitor of the branch herein 
recorded was Elihu Baxter, born December 
18, 1750, at Norwich, Connecticut, died Au- 
gust 6, 1836, at Norwick, Vermont. He mar- 
ried, October 24, 1777, Triphena Taylor, born 
at Pelham, Connecticut, September 24, 1762, 
died at Norwich, Vermont, March 14, 1825. 
Children: i. William, a lawyer; married 
Lydia Ashley; had eight children. 2. Ira, 
married Arsena Sprague ; nine children. 3. 
Elihu (2), a physician; married Sarah Cone; 
died at Portland, Maine, 1863; six children. 



4. Chester, married Hannah Root; died at 
Sharon, Vermont, October 16, 1865 ; one child^ 
Hannah. 5. Triphena, married Josiah Root, 
brother of Hannah Root, who was the wife of 
Chester Baxter. 6. Lavenia, died young. 7. 
Erastus, of whom further. 8. Lavenia, died in 
infancy. 9. Elimena, twin of Lavenia, died at 
Norwich, Vermont, aged twenty years. 10. 
James, a merchant of Stamstead Plain, Can- 
ada, a member of the Canadian provincial par- 
liament, 1829 ; member legislative council, 
1832; married his cousin, CaroHne, daughter 
of William and Deborah (Buett) Baxter, of 
Rutland; eight children. 11. John, married 
Harriet Baxter. 12. Zilpah, married Dr. 
Sweet; died at Unionville, Vermont. 13, 
Harry, married (first) Sophronia Steele; 

(second) Avaline . 14. Hiram, died 

young. 15. Statira, married ■ — Shepard. 

Of the eight sons of Elihu Baxter reaching 
maturity, seven became men of great wealth 
for their day, although each started with little 
capital except muscle and brain. 

(II) Erastus, seventh child and fifth son of 
Elihu and Triphena (Taylor) Baxter, was 
born at Norwich, Vermont, December 14, 
1787, died at Gorham, New York. He mar- 
ried Lucy Freeman; children: i. John F., 
married Elizabeth Russell ; died without issue. 
2. Caroline, born January 10, 1815; married 
Stephen Brown, of Thetford, New York ; no 
issue. 3. George, of whom further. 4. James, 
born 1822 ; married Eliza Hazard, of Penn- 
sylvania ; six children. 5. Statira, born 1825; 
married Charles W. Fish, of Weymouth, Mas- 
sachusetts. 6. Marcia, died unmarried. 7. 
Mary, married Thomas McCullough, of Ban- 
gor, New York. 8. Morris, married Julia 
Renwick, of Elgin, Wisconsin. 9. Heartley, 
married Belle Mcintosh, of Malone, New 
York; eight daughters. 

(HI) George, second son and third child 
of Erastus and Lucy (Freeman) Baxter, was 
born at Norwich, Vermont, September 14, 
1818. He married, 1850, .A.daline Peray. of 
Chateaugay, New York. She died at Goshen, 
New York, 1878. Children: Marice, born 
185 1 ; Charles M., of whom further; Lucy, 
born 1854; John, 1856, died January 18, 1871 ; 
William, 1858, died January 23, 1871 ; Henry, 
i860, died January 8, 1862; Adaline, 1862; 
Ella, 1864; Bertha, 1865; Heartley, 1868; 
Elmer. 1871. 

(I\') Charles M., son of George and Ada- 
line (Peray) Baxter, was born at Fort Ann, 
New York, in. 1852, died November 8, 1906, 
at Fort Edward, New York. He was a well- 
educated man and began business life as a 
farmer, operating a farm near Fort Ann, New 
York. Later he purchased and conducted a 




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hotel at Argyle, Washington county, for sev- 
■eral years, after which he purchased a farm 
near there on which he hved for a time ; later 
he lived at Fort Edward, where he enjoyed 
the life of a retired g-entleman of wealth. He 
was a big, generous-hearted man and gave 
freely of his abundance to those less fortunate. 
He was a member of the Masonic order and 
was buried with full Masonic honors at h'ort 
Ann. his birthplace. He was a Democrat in 
politics, and an attendant of the Baptist 
church, of which he was a most liberal sup- 
porter. He was highly respected by all who 
knew him and left a memory yet tenderly 
cherished. He married Jane Ann Allen, who 
died December 15, 1905. They had two chil- 
dren who died in infancy, and an adopted 
daughter, Mary J. Allen, whom they took 
when she was a young girl and reared and 
educated as their own. She married, but her 
husband only lived about a year, and she re- 
turned to the Baxter home and remained with 
them until both died. Although never taking 
the Baxter name, she was regularly adopted 
and had for her adopted parents the deepest 
affection and received from them the utmost 
kindness, Mr. Baxter also generously provid- 
ing for her futirre. 

(The Allen Line). 
Mary J. Allen was a daughter of Samuel 
Allen and granddaughter of George Allen, 
born in England, a soldier in the English 
army. He came to the United States when a 
young man and settled in New York state. 
He married Charlotte McArthur ; children : 
Mary, Jane Ann, John, George, Richard, 
Samuel and Abijah. George Allen, the father, 
was a tailor by trade, settled in Dellii, New 
York. Both he and his wife were attendants 
of the Scotch Presbyterian church, she being 
a member. He was a well-informed, intelli- 
gent man and stood well among his acquaint- 
ances. His wife was a native of Scotland. 

(H) Samuel, son of George and Charlotte 
(INIcArthur) Allen, married Agnes, daughter 
of Colonel John Fulton, an ofificer in the Brit- 
ish army, "The Queen's Own." He died near 
Ayrshire. Scotland, a pensioner of the British 
government. They had three children : Mary 
J., of whom further; a son who died in in- 
fancy; Ruth, born in New York City, July, 
1879. died August 9, 1908, was adopted by a 
member of the Fulton family who reside near 
\\'ashington, D. C. 

(Ill) Alary J., daughter of Samuel and 
Agnes (Fulton) Allen, was born in New 
York City, April 15. 1872. When about twelve 
years of age she was adopted by Charles M. 
Baxter, who had married her aunt, Jane Ann 



Allen. She received a good education and 
remained with the Baxters until her marriage, 
November 11, 1897, to Oscar C. Burritt, born 
at Hydeville, Vermont, July, 1864, died at Ar- 
gyle. New York, May, '1899. He was a civil 
engineer, being a graduate of a technical 
school, and later he took up railroad engineer- 
ing, and while in the employ of the Delaware 
& Hudson railroad received an injury that 
caused his death six months later. He mar- 
ried (first) Mary Sadler, who bore him three 
children, two deceased, and Nelson Burrilt, a 
resident of Saratoga, New York. Oscar D. 
was a son of Oscar D. and Abigail (Grey) 
Burritt. Children : Richard Nelson, Oscar D., 
Bertha and William L. The Burritts were 
early in New England, and Rev. Blackleach 
Burritt was a soldier of the revolution. Oscar 
D. and Mary J. (Allen) Burritt had one child 
(posthumous), Ruth J., born August 9, 1899, 
who resides with her mother in Albany, New 
York, in attendance at the public schools. 



The branches of the .Amster- 
HOWGATE dam branch of the Howgate 
family were founded by Jo- 
seph Howgate, who was born in England. The 
family in that country is a large one, and is 
found all over the kingdom. They are farm- 
ers, manufacturers, business and professional 
men of standing in these localities. 

(I) Joseph Howgate came to Florida, 
Montgomery county, from England, early in 
the nineteenth century. When a young man 
he married Ann, daughter of David Brown, 
one of the old-time school masters of the 
county. Joseph and his wife settled on a 
farm in Saratoga county, where she died. .'Vf- 
ter her death Joseph removed to Grand Rap- 
ids. Michigan, where he died at an advanced 
age. He was a man of prominence in both 
communities. He had one son and four 
daughters, all now deceased. 

(H) John A., -son of Joseph and Ann 
(Brown) Howgate, was born in Florida, 
Montgomery county. New York, February 7, 
1S49, died at his home in Rockton, a suburb of 
Amsterdam, New York, November 17, 1893. 
He received his education in tlie town schools, 
and at the age of seventeen entered the em- 
ploy of Stephen Sanford in the carpet mills. 
He became an expert in rug manufacture, and 
after twenty years of faithful service with the 
Sanfords, left their employ to become the head 
of his own company, Howgate & McCleary, 
rug manufacturers. Toward tlie successful 
development of this business he devoted all his 
wonderful skill and enterprise. He brought 
to the company a lifelong experience and a 
determination to succeed. He was successful 



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in his efforts, and the company is to-day one 
of Amsterdam's solid and prosperous con- 
cerns. Under the strain of excessive effort. 
both mental and physical, his health broke and 
caused his death at the early age of forty- 
four, just at the time when the business was 
firmly established on a sure and profitable foot- 
ing. His loss was a severe one to both the 
company and his family. He was a man of 
devout religious principles, being an elder in 
the church and superintendent of the Sabbath 
school. In politics he was a Republican, but 
beyond exercising his right as a citizen, took 
little part in public affairs. He married, in 
Troy, New York, October i8, 1872, Josephine 
Shadbolt (see forward). She bore him four 
children, one of whom, Jessie, died in infancy. 

1. Fred, born May 30, "1876; was educated in 
tlie public schools, attended Troy Conference 
Academy at Poultney, Vermont, and Albany 
Business College : engaged in the automobile 
business : married Jessie Wilkes, born at Syl- 
van Beach, Oneida county. New York, March 
14. 1877, of an old Mohawk Valley family. 

2. EflSe May, August 14, 1878; married Rev. 
Putnam Cady, D.D., F. R. G. S., pastor of 
Emanuel Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam, 
New York. 3. Archer, May 9, 1883: was 
educated in Amsterdam common and high 
schools and at Union College, Schenectady, 
New York; he is with his brother Fred in 
the automobile business ; unmarried. Mrs. 
Josephine (Shadbolt) Howgate survives her 
husband and resides in Amsterdam. She is a 
member of the Presbyterian church. 

(The Shadbolt LineV 
Israel Shadbolt. grandfather of Mrs. How- 
gate, was of Welsh parentage. He was prob- 
ably born in the city of New York. He 
settled in Troy, New York, where he became 
prominent in the public life of that city. He 
was an educated, well-read man. dignified and 
manly in appearance, a gentleman of the old 
school. He represented Troy in the state 
legislature and was a justice of the peace. He 
died in 1858. at the age of sixty-four. He 
married Marilla Stevenson, who died in Troy 
about 1869, aged eighty. She was active in 
the Baptist church of Troy. Their children 
were: Charles, Maria, Martha Jane, La Fay- 
ette and James. 

(II) James, father of Mrs. Howgate. 
youngest son of Israel and Marilla (Steven- 
son) Shadbolt, was born in 1816, while his 
parents were residents of Dutchess county. 
New York, and died in Troy in 1889. He 
was known for his honest, upright character. 
He married, at Clinton Hollow. Effie Eighma, 
of an old Dutchess county family ; she died in 



Troy, in 1895, aged eighty-three years. She- 
was a member of the Christian Church, and 
mother of Mrs. Josephine Howgate, her only 

daughter. 



The founder of the Fryer family 
FRYER in Albany county, and of the 

present day fortunes, was John 
Fryer, born October 4, 1759. Tradition has- 
different stories to tell of him. One is that 
he was a fisherman and rendered some one 
high in authority a specially valuable service. 
For this he received a grant of several hun- 
dred acres of choice land lying at the gate- 
way to the Helderburgs, near the "Indian 
Ladder." Why the grant was allowed is tra- 
dition, but the grant of land is a fact. The- 
tract allowed John Fryer is the only land 
that was not leased to the early settlers by 
the Patroon, and later acquired by "soil title." 
The Fryer properties have never been held 
under lease, but title has always been held and 
passed from father to son down to the pres- 
ent. John Fryer built a log cabin on his prop- 
erty, and with the aid of his sons, who came- 
with him, cleared away the timber, broke the 
fields, and brought a good part of it under 
cultivation. The land in turn passed to his 
descendants, and the "Fryer farms" are noted 
all through the Helderburg section. He was 
strict in his observance of his church duties, 
and reared his sons to habits of industry and 
thrift. They have always been a hard-work- 
ing race, and have been richly repaid, as their 
well-kept fields and bountiful orchards tes- 
tify. John Fryer married. May 25, 1783, 
Maria Volweider, born February 16, 1764. 
Children: Maria, born .-\pril 14, 1786; John, 
January 7, 1788, settled on a farm in Ohio; 
Hannah, October 3, 1790, married Jan-ies 
Mesick; Elizabeth, September 12, 1793, mar- 
ried Frank Crounse ; Jacob, born July 18, 1797 ; 
Abram. see forward ; Alexander, born June 23, 
1802. married Fanny Dollar; Barbara (twin 
of .Alexander), married Peter \'an Schaick, 
and lived in Berne, Albany county ; Richard, 
born .April 6, 1805, married Iluldah Beebe ; 
\\'illiam, August i, 1808, became a merchant 
of Amsterdam, New York. 

(II) .-\bram, son of John and Maria (\'ol- 
weider) Fryer, was born October 23, 1799, 
and lived to a very old age. He inherited the- 
farms granted to his father under the Helder- 
burgs, which he still further improved and 
brought under successful cultivation. These 
properties now came to be known as the 
"Fryer Farms." a name they still retain, and 
were among the most productive of that sec- 
tion. .Abram Fryer voted with the Whig 
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life with the Republican. He married Nancy 
Crounse, born in the town of Bethlehem, Al- 
bany county, died in Bethlehem at the age 
of ninety-five years. She was an active mem- 
ber of the Lutheran church, as was her hus- 
band. Children : Conrad, a farmer of New 
Scotland ; John F., see forward ; James, a 
farmer of Guilderland ; Richard, a farmer of 
Schenectady county ; Harrison ; Margaret, 
married and had issue; Ellen, married An- 
drew McCard and left issue. 

(HI) John F., son of Abram and Nancy 
(Crounse) Fryer, was born in Guilderland, 
Albany county, New York, June 23. 1827, 
died in the same town in June, 1880. He in- 
herited a large portion of the Fryer proper- 
ties, to which he added and still further im- 
proved. He was a man of few words, but of 
great energy and untiring industry. He spared 
neither himself nor those around him. Idle- 
ness was to him a sin, and no one on the 
Frj'er farms sinned in that particular. He 
demanded no more of others, however, than 
he himself performed. He accumulated a 
substantial competence, which was willed to 
his children. He was a member of the Luth- 
eran church, and displayed the same activity 
in religious affairs as in temporal. He was a 
trustee of the church, and worked hard for its 
upbuilding. He was a Republican in politics. 
He married, in Guilderland, November 3, 
1847, Eliza, born in that town, March 10, 
1824, died February 14, 1907, daughter of 
Peter Crounse, born in Guilderland, where he 
died at the age of ninety-six years. He mar- 
ried Margaret Smith, born in Dutchess county, 
died in Guilderland. in her eighty-fifth year. 
They reared a large family, one of whom, 
William P. Crounse. a farmer of Guilderland, 
is one of two survivors (1910). Peter 
Crounse and his wife were active members of 
the Lutheran church, helpful and earnest in 
their religion. Children of John F. and Eliza 
(Crounse) Fryer: Abram. see forward; Peter, 
October 9, 1852, died aged sixteen years ; 
Emma, born May i, 1855, marriefl Seward 
Waggoner, now a retired farmer and justice 
of the peace of Guilderland Center ; Margaret, 
November 22, 1859, died in 1888, married 
Abram Tygert : Alburtus, see forward ; John 
H.. born July 15, 1867, since 1888 has been 
mechanical engineer in the employ of the 
General Electric Works, Schenectady, New 
York ; married Clara Norman ; child. Leroy. 

(IV) Abram (2). eldest son of John F. and 
Eliza (Crounse) Fryer, was born on the 
Fryer homestead in the Helderburgs, in the 
region known as the "Indian Ladder," Au- 
gust 8, 1848. He inherited three hundred 
acres of the farm, to which he has added 



property in various locations. He has been 
an industrious farmer all his days, and the 
success he has achieved has been fairly won. 
He followed the footsteps of his father, and 
has always displayed the same energy that 
characterized him. The Fryer boys are noted 
throughout the entire section not only for their 
indu.strious habits, but for their fair dealing 
and honorable lives. Mr. Fryer attends the 
Lutheran church, and is a Republican in poli- 
tics. He married, in Guilderland, February 
10, 1887, Mary, born in that town, daughter 
of Jonas and Evaline (Vroman) Smith. Jonas 
Smith was a native of Guilderland. a farmer 
and a carpenter, member of Reformed church 
and a Republican. They had six sons and 
six daughters, all married and living, except 
one. Children of Abram and Mary (Smith) 
Fryer: Frank, died in infancy; Ethel, born 
March 6, 1893, educated in the public schools, 
a graduate of the State Normal School at Al- 
bany, class of 1912 ; Annie E., October 4, 1900, 
student of music. 

(IV) Alburtus, third son of John F. and 
Eliza (Crounse) Fryer, was born on the Hel- 
derburg farm of his father, October 26, 1861. 
He inherited one hundred and ten acres of the 
homestead farm, which he yet occupies. He 
has never departed from the habits of indus- 
try so sternly impressed upon him in his early 
days, but has been a worker all his life. The 
home which he occupies is built near the spot 
where the original log cabin stood, built by his 
ancestor who first occupied the land. This 
house he built after acquiring the property. 
He attends the Lutheran church, is a Repub- 
lican in politics, member of Independent Order 
of Odd Fellows. Lodge No. 668. of \^oor- 
heesville. He married, in (Juilderland, Febru- 
ary 15, 1882, Agnes .'\., born in the town of 
Guilderland, January 25, 1863, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Hallenbeck) Spoor, and 
granddaughter of Jacob and Hannah (Smith) 
Spoor. John Spoor was born in Guilderland. 
May 9, 1827, died May 15. 1905. He was a 
prominent farmer and dealer in real estate in 
the town of Niskayuna. Schenectady county. 
New York. He married Elizabeth Hallen- 
beck, born November 30, 1830, who survives 
him, now aged eighty years, a resident of 
Schenectady, active both mentally and physi- 
cally. She is a daughter of Tennis and Mar- 
garet (Crounse) Hallenbeck. Her family 
were members of the Lutheran church, and the 
men voters of the Republican party. Chil- 
dren of John and Elizabeth (Hallenbeck) 
Spoor: I. Jacob, born .August 12. 1849: now 
living retired at Lisha's Kill. Albany county ; 
he married Alida \'an \'ranken : children : 
Peter, Lloyd and Arreta. 2. Isaac, Novem- 



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ber 20, 1851; a real estate dealer of Schenec- 
tady, New York ; married Jane Hallenbeck ; 
children : Lulu and Anna. 3. Agnes, Sep- 
tember 10, 1857, died April 21, 1861. 4. John, 
October 23, i860, died 1861. 5. Agnes A., 
January 25, 1863 ; married Alburtus Fryer. 
6. Annie, June 17, 1868; married Ira Hurst, 
a retired farmer; children: Mildred and John 
J. 7. Margaretta, September 13, 1877; mar- 
ried Abram J. Pangborn, who is connected 
with the General Electric Works at Schenec- 
tady, New York. Children of Alburtus and 
Agnes A. (Spoor) Fryer: i. Grace M., born 
!March 9, 1884; received her early education 
in the public schools, and graduated with 
honor from the State Normal School at Al- 
bany ; married Cyrus Hilton, of Schenectady, 
connected with the Locomotive Works of that 
city. 2. Grant, April 26, 1886; a machinist at 
the General Electric Works, Schenectady, 
■where he holds a good position. 



Jacob Fryer, second son of John 
FRYER '(q. v.) and Maria (Volweider) 

Fryer, was born July 18, 1797, 
died in Guilderland, Albany county, in 1873. 
He inherited part of the original Fryer grant 
from his father and spent his days engaged in 
agriculture. He was a prosperous man, and 
passed his farm along to his sons improved 
and enlarged. He was a Lutheran in religion, 
and for many years acted with the Whig 
party ; later with the Democratic. He married 
Margaret, who died about i860, daughter of 
Peter Livingston. Children: i. Mary, mar- 
ried Peter Barkofif, who located in Noahsville, 
now Altamont ; both deceased ; children : Wil- 
liam, Peter, John and Magdaline. 2. Eva Ann, 
married Peter McChesney, of Schenectady, 
New York; died November 6, 1910, in nine- 
tieth year. 3. John, see forward. 4. Peter, a 
retired farmer, now living in Voorheesville, 
New York; married Amanda Weaver; child, 
Emma, married Henry Relyea. 5. Magdaline, 
deceased. 6. Fanny. 7. William, died a young- 
man. 

(HI) John, son of Jacob and Margaret 
(Livingston) Fryer, was born on the old 
"Fryer farm," April 12, 1829, died August 25, 
1888. He inherited a farm, and on it built 
the farmhouse now occupied by its owner. He 
was a man of industry and thrift, and proved 
a successful farmer. He was a member of the 
Lutheran church, active and useful, holding 
official position. He was a Republican in 
politics. He married, in Guilderland, Mary 
Crounse, born October 15, 1828. She sur- 
vives her husband, and is spending the latter 
days of an active, useful life with her son Wil- 
liam, who succeeded to the farm that has 



so long been her home. She is a daughter 01 
Peter and Margaret (Smith) Crounse, of 
Guilderland, who died eighty and seventy 
years, respectively. She is a granddaughter 
of John and Elizabeth (Livingston) Crounse, 
also of Guilderland. John Crounse was seven 
years old when his parents came to America 
and settled in Guilderland at the foot of the 
Helderburgs. The settlement in that section 
was not intended, but the mother, worn out 
by weeks and months of travel by sea and 
land, refused to go any further. Land was 
leased of the Rensselaer estate, to which "soil 
title" was afterward obtained. The family 
was a large one, and is still well represented 
in Albany county. Children of John and Mary 
(Crounse) Fryer: i. Margaret, born March 
14, 1852, died May 14, 1884; unmarried. 2. 
Sarah E., June 30, 1855 ; married in Rotter- 
dam, Schenectady county. New York, October 
10, 1873, William G. Becker; child, George. 
3. William, see forward. 4. Ida, born De- 
cember 14. 1858, died 1906; married Dr. A. 
M. Oliver, a practicing physician of Voor- 
heesville, New York ; children : Stanley, Wil- 
liard, Florence and Mildred. 5. Ada (twin of 
Ida), unmarried; resides on the home farm in 
Guilderland. 6. Peter E., born July 3, 1861 ; 
married Sarah Kelley ; resides in Schenectady. 
7. Edna A., November 30, 1864; married 
Frank Spawn ; children : Eugenia, Ella, Edith, 
Leslie. 8. Schuyler C, March 23, 1868 : mar- 
ried Mary Green and resides in Rutherford, 
New Jersey ; children : Lulu, Marion and Wil- 
liam. 9. Mary, October 18, 1871, died No- 
vember 30, 1885. 10. Jennie, March 12. 1876; 
married Melvin L. Elsass, of Altamont ; no 
living issue. 

(IV) William, eldest son of John and Mary 
(Crounse) Fryer, was born on the homestead 
farm in Guilderland, October 27, 1857. He 
was educated in the public schools, reared a 
farmer, and for the past twenty-five years has 
owned and cultivated the homestead farm of 
one hundred and thirty acres. He has in- 
stalled many improvements and made farming 
a successful, prosperous business. He has 
been a member of the Lutheran church from 
boyhood, and for many years a deacon. He 
is a Republican in politics. He married. De- 
cember 2, i8qi, in Guilderland, Grace Wag- 
goner, born October 14, 1869, in the town of 
Guilderland, daughter of Peter G. and Eva- 
line (Livingston) Waggoner, natives of 
Guilderland, and members of the Reformed 
church. She was the eighth child of a family 
of nine. i. Magdalene, married Judson Law- 
son, of Coeymans, Albany county ; children : 
Ada, Eva, Harriet, Grace, Homer. 2. W. 
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Emma C. Fryer. 3. George, died in infancy. 
4. ^\'innie, died in infancy. 5. Rollin, of 
Giiilderland Center; married Sabina Wiltse ; 
children : Jennie I\L and Roy. 6. Anna, de- 
ceased ; married Howard Lasher, a farmer of 
the town of Coevmans ; children : Eleanor, 
Effie W., Margaret V., Pearl. 7. Elon M., 
deceased ; married Blanche McKinney ; chil- 
dren : Annie, Peter G., Pearl M. 8. Grace, 
married William Fryer. 9. Earl W., born 
February 5. 1893, died December 4, 1894. 
"William and Grace (Waggoner) Fryer have a 
son, William Seward, born October 23, 1903. 
Mrs. William Fryer is a member of the 
Lutheran church with her husband. 

The Sweet family of Amsterdam, 
SWEET New York, descends from Dr. 

Samuel Sweet, immigrant an- 
cestor, who came to America from Wales, 
where the family name is not uncommon. A 
remarkable fact connected with the family is 
that each of the four generations in the 
United States has produced one or more mem- 
bers who have been noted for their skill in the 
treatment of diseases of the bones and joints. 
Their methods have been handed down from 
father to son, and while dififering from the 
regular prescribed treatment for such diseases 
laid down by regular schools of medicine, 
have been very successful. Each generation 
of the four has had a Dr. Sweet who enjoyed 
more than a local reputation for skill in bone 
surgery, that is described as a "simple, natural 
treatment." 

( I ) Dr. Samuel Sweet was born in Wales. 
He settled in Rhode Island at a date previous 
to the revolutionary war, and was then a com- 
paratively young man. He was noted around 
Providence for his skill in bone treatment and 
must have had the method taught him by his 
father in Wales. By his "natural treatment" 
he was able to perform some cures of dis- 
located bones and joints that were considered 
very remarkable. Leaving Providence. Rhode 
Island, he journeyed north and westward with 
his wife, whom he married in Rhode Island, 
using the method of transportation then avail- 
able — the covered wagon drawn by horses or 
oxen. He settled at Bullshead, Montgomery 
county. New York, on a farm where he re- 
sided until his death at an extreme old age. 
He was often called upon by his pioneer neigh- 
bors to treat their disabled or disjointed limbs 
and gained a reputation that extended far be- 
yond local limits. He reared a family and it 
is a matter of regret that the name of his wife 
has not been preserved. 

(II) Dr. Waterman, son of Dr. Samuel 
Sweet, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, 



April 8, 1776, died 1849. He inherited the 
method of bone treatment followed by his 
father. His fame extended over a large sec- 
tion of country, and he was much sought after 
by those afthcted with diseases he was reputed 
to successfully cure. To his business of a 
healer he added that of farmer, and was an 
active worker in the Baptist church. He 
studied theology and was licensed to preach, 
which he often did, in fact was known as 
widely as a preacher as a healer. During his 
latter years his eyes failed and he became 
totally blind. So skilled was he and of such 
delicate touch that his blindness did not in- 
terfere with his work of healing. He was 
greatly respected all over Montgomery county. 
At the time of his death, 1849. he was living in 
Amsterdam, New York. Rev. Waterman 
Sweet married, in New York, Elizabeth 
Hodges, born in New England, died in Ams- 
terdam, and buried in Florida, Montgomery 
county. New York. 

(III) Dr. Waterman (2), son of Dr. Water- 
man (i) and Elizabeth (Hodges) Sweet, was 
born in Florida, Montgomery county, New 
York, August 12, 1809, died August 20. 1886. 
He also became famous as a "bone healer," 
having succeeded to his father's practice. He 
cultivated a small farm successfully and died 
possessed of considerable property. He and 
his wife were members of the Baptist church. 
He married, in Florida, New York, Ruth Mal- 
lory, born in Florida, June i, 1815. died March 
28, 1902. Children: i. Elizabeth, born Au- 
gust I, 1839, died July 25, 1859. 2. and 3. 
Twins, died in infancy. 4. Waterman (3), 
April 17, 1843. 5- David M., see forward. 
6. Ira S., March 14, 1849; resides in Utica, 
New York, and is a successful practitioner of 
the family method of bone treatment : married 
Martha Brown and has five children. 7. 
Sherod L., November 6, 1850. died aged three 
years. 8. Leonard G., November 21, 1852, 
died Tanuarv 21, 1890. 

(IV) Dr.' David M., son of Dr. Waterman 
(2) and Ruth (Mallory) Sweet, was born in 
Florida, Montgomery county. New York, June 
4, 1845. He quite naturally adopted the pro- 
fession of his father, in which he has achieved 
remarkable success besides a local patronage, 
peo])le from all over the United States coming 
to consult him concerning their bone ailments. 
He has resided for many years in .\msterdam, 
New York, where he is a highly respected 
citizen and professional man. He has now 
(1909) largely withdrawn from active prac- 
tice, surrendering it to his son, who is the 
fifth of his name to follow the particular 
methods employed. The "Old Original Sweet's 
Liniment" was made by the emigrant who 



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settled in Rhode Island, and the same liniment 
is used to this day. Dr. David M. Sweet mar- 
ried, December 23, 1863, Hannah M. Greene, 
born June 11, 1843, in Greenfield, Saratoga 
county, New York. Children: i. Emma L., 
born November 11, 1864; married John S. 
Sterling, of Pattersonville, New York ; they 
have a son, Lincoln S., born October 11, 1894. 
2. Harry L., November 30, 1869; was edu- 
cated in the public schools and is rapidly suc- 
ceeding to the business of his father, whom 
he will succeed as the fifth in direct line to 
follow the "natural method" ; married Harriet 
M. Ransler, born in Schenectady, New York, 
June 13, 1874; has one child, Vinnie M. 3. 
Vinnie E., August 21, 1873, died February 3, 
1885. 4. Infant, deceased. Mrs. Hannah M. 
(Greene) Sweet is a daughter of Anson 
Greene, born in Saratoga county, New York, 
January 23, 1814, died June i, 1891, and 
Lucinda (Lincoln) Greene, born in Saratoga 
county, March 7, 1818, died November 9, 1851. 
Anson Greene was the son of James Greene, 
born in Rhode Island, died in Saratoga county. 
New York, aged seventy-seven. James Greene 
married Pamelia Hendrick, who died in May, 
1868, aged seventy-one. Lucinda Lincoln, 
wife of Anson Greene, was daughter of Henry 
and Hannah (White) Lincoln, who were mar- 
ried in Rhode Island, settled in Saratoga 
county. New York, where they died, both 
having passed their eightieth year. 



The American ancestor of the 
RUDD Ruds of Bennington, Vermont, 

and Hoosick, New York, is Lieu- 
tenant Jonathan Rudd, who came from Eng- 
land, settled in New Haven, Connecticut, 
1640; was freeman of Saybrook, 1644, took 
oath of allegiance in Hartford, 165 1, was of 
importance in the town of Saybrook, assistant 
to Captain Mason in the fort there, 1652, 
leather sealer, 1656, and held main public of- 
fices of trust. He married, 1646-47, the name 
unknown, but she was one of the principals in 
the most romantic marriages ever performed 
in Connecticut. The wedding day was fixed 
and a magistrate engaged to perform the cere- 
mony, but a great snowstorm prevented his 
coming. Application was made to Governor 
Winthrop, but he, deriving authority from 
Massachusetts, could not legally marry in 
Massachusetts, but proposed that the contract- 
ing parties come to the boundary of the col- 
ony, a narrow stream, and he would marry 
them from the Massachusetts side. This was 
done, and Winthrop and his friends from 
Pequot met the bridal party from Saybrook. 
Here the ceremony was performed "under the 
shelter of no roof, by no hospitable fireside, 



without accommodations, but those furnished 
by the snow covered earth, the over-arching 
Heaven and perchance the sheltering side of a 
forest of pines or cedars," never perhaps was 
the legal rite performed in a situation so wild 
and solitary and under circumstances so pecu- 
liar and interesting. From that day the little 
stream has been known as Bride Brook. Win- 
throp in his deposition says : "And at that 
time, the place had (received) the denomina- 
tion of Bride Brook." That a considerable 
party had assembled is evident from the nar- 
rative, and he further says, "all were well, 
satisfied with what was done." 

(II) Nathaniel, believed to be son of Lieu- 
tenant Jonathan Rudd, was born in 1660, died 
April, 1727. He settled at West Farms, in 
what is now the town of Franklin, where he 
was one of the organizers of the first church 
there. He married (first) April, 1685, Mary 
Post, died November, 1705; (second) Abigail 
Hartshorn, January 21, 1706. Children by 
first marriage: Jonathan, born May 22, 1693, 
married Joanna Gregory ; Mary, February 3, 
1695, married Ebenezer Wood ; Lydia, died 
young. Children by second marriage : Na- 
thaniel, born April 6, 1707; Joseph, of further 
mention; Daniel, March 12, 1710, married 
Mary Metcalf; Sarah, January 23, 1712; .\bi- 
gail, August 6, 1713; Lydia, April 12, 1715; 
Anna, February 7, 1717; Susanna, March 15, 
1719: Gideon, February 2, 1722; Patience, No- 
vember 6. 1723. 

(III) Joseph, son of Nathaniel and Abigail' 
(Hartshorn) Rudd. was born in Windham, 
Connecticut, October 31, 1708. He probably, 
died there shortly after the revolution. He 
married and h'ul several children, as Joseph his 
son says in this letter, written after the battle 
of Bennington that "Brother John and my- 
self," and closes by sending love to his broth- 
ers and sisters. 

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) Rudd, 
was born in Connecticut, 1740, died 1818. He 
settled in Vermont, married and was living in 
Bennington at the time the battle was fought 
with the British, in 1777. The following let- 
ter was written to his father : 

"Bennington, August 26, A. D. 1777. 
Honored Father: 

After my duty. I take this opportunity to write 
yon. hoping these line.'; will find you well, a.s 
through the goodness of God, they leave me and' 
my family. We met with a great deal of trnuhle 
on the i6th inst.. Myself and brother John were 
preserved through a very hot battle. We killed' 
and took according to the best account we can 
get, about one thousand of the enemy. Our loss 
was about thirty or forty. We marched right 
up against their breastwork with our small arms, 
while they fired upon us with their field pieces 
every half minute, yet they never touched ai 



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'443 



man with them. We drove them out of their 
breastwork, and took their field pieces and pur- 
sued and killed a great number of them. We 
took four or five of my neighbors, two Snyders 
and two Hornbecks. The bigger part of Dutch 
Hoosac was in the battle against us. They went 
to the regulars a day or two before the fight. 
While I was gone, my wife and children went 
down to Williamstown. After I came home, I 
went after them and found them at Landlord 
Simons. I now have them home again. We 
soon expect the inemy will come upon us again 
and what I will do with my family, I know not. 
I want to inform you, that I received your 
letter, dated August i8. I want to come and 
see you very much, but when I shall I know 
not. Remember me to brothers and sisters and 
inquiring friends. Ko more at present, but I re- 
main, 

"Your dutiful son, until death, 

"Joseph Rudd." 

This letter is preserved in the Historical 
Museum at Bennington, Vermont. He was 
one of the signers of a petition sent to Eng- 
land and presented to the court of Great Brit- 
ain in 1767; this petition represented the 
grievance of the settlers against the govern- 
ment of New York, and prayed for a confir- 
mation of the New Hampshire grants held or 
occupied by them. At the raising of the 
Hubble house in 1769 a demand was made 
for a wedding. It was known that Joseph 
Rudd and Miss Story were engaged. She lived 
near by. Rev. Mr. Dewey said to Joseph : "If 
you go and lead Sarah over here I will marry 
you for nothing." "It's a bargain." Timbers 
were laid down and the ceremony performed. 
Joseph Rudd married Sarah Story, who died 
1842. aged ninety-eight years. Sarah Story 
was of revolutionary stock and was acquainted 
with Colonel Ethan Allen. One of her broth- 
ers, a boy of sixteen, was taken prisoner with 
Allen. Another brother was captured by In- 
dians in Connecticut and the second night he 
made his escape. (The following record is 
taken from a paper written by a grand- 
daughter. Mrs. Elizabeth Harris, when over 
seventy years of age. The manuscript is 
neatly and plainly written.) Children: i. 
Celinda. married Zachary Brown, died at 
"Grand fathers place," leaving four children : 
i. Celinda, married Reuben Armstrong; ii. 
Harriet, married William Gould ; iii. Story : iv. 
Enos B. 2. Sally, married a Mr. Potter, and 
removed west. 3. Joseph, married a Miss 
Smith, and removed to western New York. 
4. Lucy, married a Mr. Boice and lived in 
western New York. 5. Enos, married Abigail 
Wood, sister of Betsey, wife of David Rudd. 
Enos lived and died on "Grandfather's old 
place." 6. Patty, married Samuel Wadsworth, 
and lived in Bennington, Vermont. 7. David, 
of whom further. 

(V) David, youngest child of Joseph (2) 



and Sarah (Story) Rudd was born in Ben- 
nington, Vermont, 1786, died 1854. He was 
a farmer of substance and prominence, and 
a Democrat. He married Betsey Wood, born 
1791, died 1856, daughter of Andrew and Abi- 
gail (Adams) Wood, who were the parents 
of : Aaron ; Wealthy, married Daniel Hamil- 
ton, and lived in the west; Abigail; Betsey, 
married David Rudd. Mr. and Mrs. Rudd 
had thirteen children, nine of whom reached 
the years of maturity, and all married except 
one: i. Sabrina, born May 27, 1814; mar- 
ried Luman Norton, whom she survived ; chil- 
dren : David and Marshal. 2. Elijah, born 
April 8, 1816; married Jane Maynard; chil- 
dren living: Fayette, Frank and Ella. 3. 
Martha, born April 23, 1818, died at age of 
forty-four years ; she married Andrew Saw- 
yer; had eleven children, eight of whom are 
living, mostly resident of the state of Michi- 
gan: Martha, Mary, Andrew, David, Sarah, 
deceased. Harriet. Romanzo, deceased, Salome, 
Laura, deceased, Sabrina, Addie. 4. John W., 
born July 22, 1820; married Charlotte .Andrews ; 
children living : George, Martha and Florence. 
5. David, born June 29, 1822, died aged forty- 
three years: married Harriet Maynard: child 
living, Jessie. 6. Elizabeth, born October 19. 
1825, married E. Stearns Harris; child, 
Emory ; at the age of seventy Mrs. Harris 
prepared a family record, to which this rec- 
ord is due. Besides her own son, Emory, she 
reared two girls, Laura Sawyer (deceased) 
and Mary Chase, "both good girls." 7. San- 
ford Highville, of whom further. 8. Ira, born 
July 15, 1831 ; unmarried. 9. Harriet, born 
October 11, 1832; married Edward Kinsley; 
they have no children, but adopted a daughter 
Addie, who married Sanford Rudd (2), whom 
she survived with two children : Allura and 
Kinsley. The four deceased children of David 
and Betsey (Wood) Rudd were: Abbie. the 
first born child, died aged two years; Cather- 
ine, born June 2, 1837, lived five years and 
three months ; Forrester, lived two j'ears ; 
Aaron, died aged two years. 

(YD Sanford Highville, seventh child of 
David and Betsey (Wood) Rudd, was bom 
in Bennington, \^ermont. March i, 1827. He 
was educated in the public schools and reared 
a farmer. In 1876 he settled on a large farm, 
which he purchased in Hoosick, Rensselaer 
county. New York, which he has since most 
successfully operated. He served the town 
as assessor for seven years, and has always 
been a man of influence. He is a Democrat 
in politics. He married (first) Fanny Wat- 
son, who bore him eight children : Ebb : Da- 
vid, deceased; Harriet; Bessie; Sanford (2), 
deceased; Edward, deceased; and Zoe, de- 



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ceased ; Joseph D.. deceased. He married 
(second) Celestia, daughter of Joseph Matti- 
son, born in Rhode Island, July 25, 1795, died 
September 13, 1870; married, 1845, Phoebe 
Gates, born in Belchertown, Massachusetts, 
died June, 1858. Children of second mar- 
riage : Warren, Ernest and Archie L. Of these 
children all married but two, and there are 
thirty-one grandchildren and twelve great- 
grandchildren in the family. 



Settlement was made in the ;\Io- 
LEVEY hawk Valley by the founder of 
this family prior to 1804. James 
Levey was born in Schenectady county, New 
York, 1804, son of Dutch parents. He was 
a farmer of Amsterdam; late in life he re- 
moved to the city of Amsterdam, where he 
died January 22, 1884. He married, Oc- 
tober 29, 1829, Katherine Cain, born in 
Princetown, Schenectady county, December 24, 
1806, died February 20, 1880. Children: i. 
Hiram, see forward. 2. John, born March 
16, 1833; married Amanda j\L Lepper; they 
reside in Amsterdam, New York. 3. Wil- 
liam H., February 17, 1835; married Lydia 
Van Dyke, who survives him, with daugh- 
ters, Maggie and Lulu. 4. Paul, December 
22, 1837, deceased; married Jane Ann Bunn 
and had Lydia. 5. Benjamin, December 20, 
1839; removed to Rockford, Illinois; married 
Margaret Lepper, who survives him ; resident 
of Stillman Valley ; no issue. 6. Catherine, 
March 11, 1842, deceased; married Edward 
Hamm, of Amsterdam, and had Freeman 
and Jennie. 7. Margaret, May 12, 1844, de- 
ceased ; married Johnson Banta ; no issue. 8. 
Barbara, October 12, 1846, deceased; married 
Orvin Wessell, of Amsterdam ; no issue. 9. 
Maria, October 12, 1848; married Newton 
Merry, of Merry Brothers, truckmen, Amster- 
dam ; has a son. Earl Merry. 10. Susan, Oc- 
tober 17, 1852; married Jay Merry, brother 
of Newton; has Bertha and Anna Merry. 11. 
Nicholas, September 21, 1854; married Belle 
Hayes, of Troy, New York ; has a daughter 
Hazel. 

(II) Hiram, eldest child of James and 
Katherine (Cain) Levey, was born in Mont- 
gomery county. New York, August 29, 1830, 
died October 19, 1905. Early in life he re- 
moved to Fulton county. New York, where 
all his subsequent life was passed. He was 
a farmer. He married, at Broadalbin, Ful- 
ton county, Rachel H. Ockart, born in Al- 
bany, New York, June 14, 1839. She sur- 
vives her husband and resides with a daugh- 
ter. Carrie B., in Troy, New York. She is 
the daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth 
(Ruben) Ockart, who were born in France, 



reared in Germany, came to the United States, 
to Albany, New York, where they were mar- 
ried ; following the birth of their second child 
they removed to Mayfield, Fulton county, 
where they died. Children of Anthony and 
Elizabeth Ockart: i. Joseph Samuel F. C, 
resident of Gloversville, New York; by first 
wife has Philander and Alice. 2. Rachel H. 
(Mrs. Hiram Levey). Children of Hiram and 
Rachel H. (Ockart) Levey: i. James, born 
1855; of Amsterdam; married Christina 
Beck, and has Laura B., married Marcus 
Rasmussen, and Urban. 2. Frank LI., see 
forward. 3. Carrie B., 1871, married Walter 
McClellan, of Troy, New York; has a son, 
Ockart McClellan, born January 25, 1897. 

(HI) Frank H., son of Hiram and Rachel 
H. (Ockart) Levey, was born in Amsterdam, 
Montgomery county. New York, September 
30, 1857. He grew to manhood and was 
educated in his native town. On reaching 
man"s estate he removed to the city of Am- 
sterdam and obtained employment in a box 
factory, remaining until he became an expert 
workman and thoroughly understood every 
detail of box manufacturing. Having only a 
limited capital, he erected a small factory and 
began business for himself; without machinery 
he operated in a small way, making all his 
boxes by hand labor. He was industrious, 
ambitious, and bound to succeed. In a few 
years he had a large factory fully equipped 
with modern box-making machinery. After 
sixteen years close application to business, 
having an opportunity, he disposed of his 
entire business in 1900 and retired from ac- 
tive business life, to his beautiful home in 
Amsterdam, which he built. He is a mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is 
Mrs. Levey. Never taking an active part 
in politics, he has always been a stalwart 
Republican. He is fraternally connected with 
.Amsterdam Lodge, No. 134, Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows, and Chuctenunda Lodge, 
No. 100, Knights of Pythias. In the days 
of the volunteer fire department in /Vrnster- 
dam he was a member of the "Bronson Hose 
Company," now known as the Bronson Social 
and Benevolent Association. He is an exempt 
member of Bronson Hose Company. He 
married, February 22, 1880, in Amsterdam 
city. Christina Miller, born in Saratoga 
county. May 24, 1858. She has been an ac- 
tive and important factor in his business 
career, assisting him in the earlier days by 
personal work, laboring by his side in the 
little shop until a safe start was secured, 
and now enjoying, with him. their well-earned 
competence. She is a daughter of Augustus 
and Mary (Saunders) Miller, born in Ger- 




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many, he in Berlin ; she in Pommern, West- 
plialia. They came to the United States be- 
fore their marriage, which occurred in Sara- 
toga county. New York, where they resided 
for several years, afterward removing to 
Rockton (now part of the city of Amster- 
dam) where he was a farmer and where he 
died May 19, 1893, aged seventy-four. His 
wife Mary survives him at the age of seventy- 
seven. The Millers were members of the 
German Lutheran church, as were their fore- 
bears. Children: i. Frederika, married Wil- 
liam Kernan. 2. Christina (]\lrs. Frank H. 
Levey). 3. Augustus, farmer of Perth, Ful- 
ton county : married Minnie Strumz. 4. John, 
of Red River, New York; married Marga- 
ret Pargo. 5. Charles, of Amsterdam : mar- 
ried Annie AI. Lebeahn. 6. Mary, married 
George Shuler, of Amsterdam. 7. Lizzie, 
married Nazarre Ross, of Broadalbin, New 
York. 8. George, of Amsterdam, unmarried. 
9. Frank, married Jessie Ross. Children of 
Frank H. and Christina (Miller) Levey: i. 
Harriet, born April 7, 1881. 2. Francis, Oc- 
tober 5. 1894; both residing at home. 



The Wayne family are men- 
WAYNE tioned in the early records of 
Yorkshire and Derbyshire, Eng- 
land, where for centuries they held position 
among the lesser gentry. These old Waynes 
bore the Qiristian names of Anthony, Gabriel 
and Francis, and many of them were soldiers 
by profession, some of them in the "War 
of the Roses." and mostly upon the side 
of their king. Among them was Captain 
Gabriel Wayne, apparently a near kinsman of 
Captain Anthony Wayne, the founder of the 
Waynes in America. The family in Eng- 
land bore arms : "Gules a chevron ermine 
between three inside quantlets or." Anthony 
Wayne was born near the border line of 
Yorkshire and Derbyshire in the year 1666. 
He early became a soldier, and while yet a 
lad saw service in the low countries, it is said, 
under John Churchill, later the great Duke 
of Marllx)rough. He was with the English 
army in Ireland, and commanded a troop 
of horse at the "Boyne Water." in company 
with his lifelong friend. John Hunter, both 
of whom later settled down as farmers in 
county Wicklow, one having married a French 
woman, the other a native of Holland. .'An- 
thony Wayne settled near Rathdrum, Wick- 
low, Ireland, after 1690. His wife was named 
Faulkner, and he had seven sons, five of 
whom came to America. .Anthony Wayne 
and family landed near Boston. Massachu- 
setts, in 1723, and almost immediately pro- 
ceeded to Pennsylvania, where they settled 



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in Chester county. Here he found his old 
companion-in-arms, John Hunter, who had 
settled there in 1722. He purchased land 
at Easttown, Chester county, and is described 
in the deed as "Anthony Wayne, gentleman." 
Captain Anthony Wayne died in Easttown, 
December 2, 1739, and was buried in old St. 
David's, Radnor, where he was a vestryman 
and pewholder. Children: Francis, Gabriel, 
Isaac, Humphrey, Jacob, William, John, 
Sarah, Ann and Mary. The home Captain 
Anthony Wayne founded in Chester county 
was called Waynesborough. and is yet the 
home of descendants. 

(II) Isaac, third son of Captain Anthony 
Wayne, was born in Ireland, and died in 
Chester county, Pennsylvania. He was a cap- 
tain in the colonial wars, 1755, and is said 
to have been at Braddock's defeat. He served 
with honor all througli his military career, 
and died on the eve of tiie American revolu- 
tion, leaving a son wiiose brilliant record, cov- 
ering the entire period of the war, and ex- 
tending from the frozen Canada's to the tropic 
Florida, fills some of the most important pages 
of the history of our country. 

(III) Anthony (2), son of Isaac Wayne, 
and known as "Mad" Anthony Wayne, the 
hero of everywhere, was brigadier-general 
in 1777; major-general by brevet, 1783-92; 
nominated by Washington as commander-in- 
chief of the army, which position he held un- 
til his death, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Decem- 
ber 15, 1796. The Wayne family, of New 
Scotland, Albany county, New York, herein 
recorded, were planted in that county by 
Anthony Wayne, a grandson of Captain .-\n- 
thony, the American founder. He was a 
cousin of General Anthony Wayne, and was 
of the third generation of Waynes in .Amer- 
ica, and one of the early settlers in the town 
of New Scotland, the date of his settlement 
being during, or immediately after, the revolu- 
tion. He was an active patriot, and did not 
fall one whit behind his illustrious relative 
in devotion to the colonial cause. New Scot- 
land then had few inhabitants, and among the 
loyal ones were William McCullock, Anthony 
Wayne. John Furbeck. John Wanrls. Robert 
Hilton, Albert Bradt. and the La Grange fam- 
ily. He married and had issue. 

(IV) George, son of Anthony (2) Wayne, 
was born on the home farm in New Scotland, 
Albany county, New York, December 8. 1779, 
died May 10, 1837. He spent his life as a 
farmer of the town, prospered, and was a 
man of influence. He married. January 27, 
1805, Elizabeth Couglitry. born August 17, 
1783, died October 11, 1842. Children: I. 
Anthony, born January 19, 1806. died .\ugust 



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14, 1877; married, September 22, 1842, Mrs. 
Elizabeth Fuller. 2. James, August 12, 1808, 
died March 28, 1873; married, September 12, 
1833. Judith Russell. 3. John Haswell, see 
forward. 4. Sarah Ann, September 12, 181 3, 
died April 18, 1848; married, March 26, 1834, 
George W. Bender. 5. William, June 19, 
1 81 6, died April 13, 1892; married, Decem- 
ber 28. 1843, xMary Cook. 6. Elizabeth, De- 
cember 30, 1818, died May 25, 1868; married, 
November 23, 1842, William H. Slingerland, 
who died in 1910, an honored citizen of the 
village of Slingerland. 7. Jane, November 
16. 1821, died March 22, 1902; became the 
second wife of her brother-in-law. George 
W. Bender. 8. Adaline, July 9, 1824, died 
July 23, 1869; married George M. Blodgett. 
9. Susanna, julv 22. 1826, died October 2, 
1828. 

(\') John Haswell. son of George and 
Elizabeth (Coughtry) Wayne, was born in 
the town of New Scotland, Albany county. 
New York, January 12, 181 1, died February 
20. 1893, on the farm which had been his 
home for fifty-six years. He was a man 
of high character and purest purpose, and he 
commanded the respect of the community of 
which he was for so long a most prominent 
figure. He was a member of the Presbyterian 
church, and a Republican in politics after 
the formation of that party. He married 
Catherine Stanton, born in Coeymans, Albany 
county. New York, October 19, 1823. died 
in New Scotland, same county, December 17, 
1887. She was a devout Presbyterian, and 
reared her family of five in conformity with 
the tenets of that faith. Children: i. George, 
born August 10, 1846; after three attempts 
he succeeded in eluding the vigilance of his 
parents, ran away to camp, and enlisted (be- 
ing only eighteen years old) in the Union 
army; he saw some active service, sickened 
and died in the hospital at Washington, Dis- 
trict of Columbia. 2. Helen, August 23, 
1848, died February 27, 1871 ; unmarried. 3. 
James, see forward. 4. Sarah Ann, born Sep- 
tember 4. 1852, died August 16, 1861. 5. 
Marv Jane, October 8, 1856, died August 19, 
1861. ■ 

(\"l) James, son of John Haswell and 
Catherine (Stanton) Wayne, was born in the 
village of Slingerlands, Albany county. New 
"S^ork, September 6. 1850, died in New Scot- 
land, same county. May 23, 1910. He received 
a good education, and was a high-minded, 
public-spirited citizen. He was a leading 
farmer and stock raiser of the county, and was 
officially connected with the Albany County 
Agricultural .Association. His farm, well 
stocked and beautifully situated, was noted 



for its fine orchards and well-kept, highly-cul- 
tivated condition. He was an active man in 
politics, but never worked for his own private 
advancement, and never accepted office. He 
was liberal and helpful, always lending the 
hand of assistance to those in misfortune. He 
attended the Presbyterian church, and was 
a Republican in politics. He married, Decem- 
ber 23, 1875, in New Scotland, Alice, born 
December 9, 1856, daughter of David (2) and 
Lucretia (Reamer) Bradt, and granddaughter 
of David (i) Bradt, of New Scotland, a 
farmer, member of the Dutch Reformed 
church, and a Republican. He married 

Winne, a member of the old Dutch 

Winne family, so prominent in Albany county 
annals. David (2) Bradt was born in Knox, 
Albany county, New York, in 1818, and died 
in 1902. He married Lucretia Reamer, born 
June 25, 1830. Still lives in Voorheesville, 
and is very smart for her eighty years. 
These families date from the earlier Dutch 
settlement of Albany county. Children of 
David (2) and Lucretia (Reamer) Bradt: 
I. Catherine, born October 10, 1850, in the 
town of Knox, died in the village of Voor- 
heesville, July 29, 1895 ; married James Good- 
fellow, who survived her, and who married 
(second), a widow, Louisa (Hungerford) 
Taylor, who bore him a child, George. 2. 
Alice, married James Wayne. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne: i. Jennie W., born 
January 6, 1877; married Professor Newton 
J. Ferguson, principal of a Brooklyn, New 
York, school ; child, Helen O., born August 
23. 1903. 2. Bertha, May 30. 1880; married 
De Forest S. Dunlap, now of RaVena, New 
York. 3. Dorothy C, November 18, 1883; 
unmarried ; prominent in local and church 
work. 4. David H., July 9. 1887; a gradu- 
ate of Albany Business College; was two 
years page in the New York state legislature; 
now department clerk ; married Jeane Wayne 
Bender, a graduate of Albany high school ; 
child, James Edward, born October 4, 1909. 
5. Helen P., May 13, 1891 ; received a musi- 
cal education ; resides at home. 6. Catherine 
Stanton, February 16, 1895; a student at Al- 
bany high school. Airs. Alice Bradt Wayne 
survives her husband, and resides on her 
beautiful estate in New Scotland with her 
unmarried children. They are all well known 
in the social life of the town. Mrs. W'ayne 
attends the Presbvterian church. 



The first of this branch of the Rich 
RICH family in America was John Rigji, 

born in Kentmoor parish, England, 
754. lie married there Elizabeth .\iken, 
irn in Glasgow. Scotland, in 1740. The 



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date of their coming to the United States 
is not given, hut they were residents of the 
town of Chatham, Hartford county. Connecti- 
cut, before they came to New York state in 
1810. They settled in the town of Starkey, 
Yates county, New .York, w^here John Rich 
died, May 10, 1815; EHzabeth survived him 
initil December 17, 1837. Both are buried in 
the town of Starkey. Children: i. Richard, 
of whom further. 2. Ansel, born March 4, 
1784, died July 30, 1852: married Rhoda Gris- 
wold, born November 14, 1786, died April 
12, 1853; children: i. Minor, born January 
2S. 1805, died January 14. 1819; ii. John, born 
August 3, 1808, died June 15, 1848, and 
married Lany Horning, 1823; iii. George, 
born August 5. 1810, died March 6, 
1821 ; iv. Milo, born August 13, 1813, died 
1886. married, December, 1832, Elizabeth 
Sutphen; v. Richard, born August 24, 1816, 
died February 23, 1838; vi. Henry, born No- 
vember 30, 1820, died 1878, married, Febru- 
ary 14, 1841, Sarepta Rich, a widow: vii. 
Sanford, born January 9, 1824; viii. Philann, 
born August 11. 1826, died October 5, 1800, 
married, December 5, 1841, Simpson Hal- 
lock. 3. Alfred, born April 21, 1786, died De- 
cember 10, 1847; married (first) Sarah Gris- 
wold, born 1785, died November 12, 1823: 
children: i. Harriet, born February 2, 1805, 
married Addison Lewis, and has a daughter 
Adaline: ii. Erastus, born May 7. 1808, killed 
•when young while engaged in a wrestling 
match: iii. Polly Ann, born October 10, 1809, 
died October 9, 1886, married, October 29, 
1829, Joseph Reynolds, who died in Dundee, 
New York, a very old man : iv. Sarah Ann, 
born January 7, 1821, died 1852; married 
James' Hawley; had a son Erastus. Alfred 
Rich married (second) Almy Roberts and 
had a son Alfred, born December 7, 1824, died 

January, 1888; married Drake; they 

were both killed by a runaway team; chil- 
dren : Charles B.. and a daughter. 4. Elias, 
married, and had Richard and Amanda ; this 
family removed to Michigan, where all died; 
Amanda married and left children. 5. Clara. 
(H) Richard, eldest child of John and 
Elizabeth (Aiken) Rich, was born, probably 
in England, November 4, 1778, died July, 
1839. He settled at Mason's Hollow, near 
Comstock's Landing. Washington county. 
New York. He married Amy Mason, horn 
1782. died 1862. Children: i. Lyman, mar- 
ried Kate Dailey : children : Sarah Jane, mar- 
ried Ogden; Richard Henry; Owen: 

Mary Ann; Leonard: Emma, married 

Livingstone; Olin : Kate, married and removed 
to Canada. 2. Warren, married Helen 
Dailev; children: i. Cornelia, married War- 



ren Wilson ; ii. Scyniour. 3. Rosanna, mar- 
ried Barker Mason; children; Addison, 
George. Edgar, and three others. 4. Diana, 
married Cyrus Ferris ; children : i. Charles 

Edward, married Rogers, and removed 

to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; ii. Marian, married 
Rufus Gardiner; iii. Walter, married Eliza 
Kingsley: iv. Maria, married Noble Clark; 
children : Nellie, William and Sophia ; v. Leti- 
tia. married Russell Hall: children: .Anna 
Sweet, Harriet. Charles and Kitty; vi. Lyman, 
married Minerva Miller; children: George, 
Noble and James. 5. Maria, married Bel- 
den Rich, a kinsman, and removed to Michi- 
gan. 6. Jane, married John Gillette; chil- 
dren : Charles, Melvin, .'\very, and a son set- 
tled at Clyde, Warren county. New York. 7. 
Lucy, married Charles C. Rich, a kinsman; 
children: Charles, Henry, Cyrus. Amy, Jane 
and Alice. 8. Ellen, married Adolphus 
Hawes; children: i. Ada; ii. Cora E., died 
Februarv 14, 1905; iii. Clinton; iv. Ida; v. 
Lina. married H. F. Woodward: vi. Amy, 
married B. F. Irish, and removed to Fergus 
Falls, Minnesota, thence to Wapato, Washing- 
ton ; has daughter Nina. 9. Cyrus Ferris, of 
whom further. 

(III) Cvrus Ferris, youngest child of Rich- 
ard and Amy (Mason) Rich, was born at 
Comstock. Washington county. New York, 
December 23. 1826, died at Saratoga Springs, 
New York, "November i, 1897. He was edu- 
cated in the public schools, and, after com- 
pleting his school years, began the stud^v 
of dentistrv. He was regularly aldmitted to 
practice and followed this profession in 
Schuvjersville until 1865, when he removed 
to Saratoga Springs, his business home and 
residence until death. He was master of his 
profession and was well known and highly 
regarded. During the civil war he enlisted 
in*^ Company K, Seventy-seventh Regiment, 
New York Volunteer Infantry, with the rank 
of lieutenant. He was a Republican in poli- 
tics He married, November 11, 1852, Har- 
riet E. Cooke, born 1835, died June, 1872, 
daughter of Peter J. Cooke, of Edinburg, 
Saratoga county, New York. Children: 
Waldo" Leon, of whom further ; Amos Cooke, 
born April 5, 1856, married Ella Bristol ; 
Leigh, August, 1859, fl'^'l October, 1861 ; Guy 
Cyrus. Tilly, 1861, married Mrs. Katherine 
Nason; Lviin Richard, September 11, 1864. 

(IV) Waldo Leon, eldest son of Cyrus Fer- 
ris and Harriet E. (Cooke) Rich, was born 
in Schuylersville, Saratoga county. New 
York, November 11, 1853. His early and 
preparatory education was obtained in the 
public schools of Schuylersville and Saratoga 
Springs after which he entered Williams Col- 



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lege, where he was graduated A.B., class 
of 1876. He decided upon the profession of 
law and pursued a course of legal study under 
Judge Lester, of Saratoga, was admitted to 
the bar, but never practised. In 1876 he en- 
tered the employ of the old Commercial Bank 
(now out of existence), from there going 
to the First National Bank of Saratoga, where 
he remained until 1894. Then he formed 
a connection with the Adirondack Trust Com- 
pany, of Saratoga, and is now (1910) paying 
tell of that institution. Li politics he is a 
Republican. His social club is the Saratoga, 
and he holds fraternal membership in the 
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He 
is also a member of the Saratoga Business 
Men's Association. He married, April 25, 
1883, Sarah W., daughter of Alembert and 
Elizabeth (Lester) Pond. 



The founder of the McKin- 
]\IcKINXEY ney family was Calinas Fitz- 
gerald, of Ireland, who as- 
sisted Alexander III, of Scotland, to repel 
the invasion of Haco, of Norway, 1261, and 
was rewarded by a grant of the lands of Kin- 
tail, county of Ross, in the north of Scot- 
land, and which was erected into a barony. 
The third baron assumed in name (in Gaelic), 
Kenneth McKenneth, hence the names Mc- 
Kennie, McKinney, and McKenzie. Members 
of the family bearing the last two names 
have been able, in this century, to trace their 
ancestry to an identical source. 

Alexander McKenzie, of Inverness, Scot- 
land, in his genealogies, traces the family back 
to the beginning of the ninth century. He 
finally states : "It scarcely needs to be pointed 
out that, through intermarriages the McKs. 
are also descended from the ancient Celtic 
McAlpine line of Scottish kings, from the 
original Anglo-Saxon kings, of England, and 
from the oldest Scandinavian, Charlemagne 
and Capetian lines, as far back as the begin- 
ning of the ninth century, forming a network 
of cousinship which ultimately included all 
the leading families in the Highlands, every 
one of which, through these alliances, have 
the royal blood of all the English, Scottish and 
Scandinavian kings, and many of the earlier 
foreign monarchs, coursing through their 
veins." 

Passing along the centuries, we come to 
that rcmarkalile man, the Rev. James McKin- 
ney, grandfather of James McKinney. He was 
born in Cookstown, Tyrone county, Ireland, 
in 1759. This county was included in that 
portion of Ulster made "Sword-land" by the 
Scots. He entered Glasgow College, where 
he took the regular course, and remained 



there several years after, engaged in the 
study of theology and of medicine. In due 
time he was ordained and installed pastor of 
Kirkhills, or Dervock congregations, in the 
county of Antrim, a county exposed to the 
inroads of the Danes, and also of the northern 
Scots, who ultimately effected permanent set- 
tlements. Antrim has always been one of 
the most decidedly Protestant counties in Ire- 
land, and of the Protestants a very great pro- 
portion are Presbyterians. 

(I) The last decade of the eighteenth cen- 
tury was pre-eminently distinguished for its 
revolutionary character in several European 
nations. Rev. James McKinney lived in revo- 
lutionary times. He came to America in 
1793. As a friend of liberty, civil and re- 
ligious, he saw and felt with disapprobation 
the oppression of his native land, and, though 
he did not belong to the Society of United 
Irishmen, yet he was charged with influencing 
and encouraging them to throw ofif the Brit- 
ish yoke. The true cause of his leaving his 
native land was his sermon on the "Rights of 
God." This was denounced as treasonable by 
the secret spies of the British government. 
An indictment was found against him, and 
being feared by the government and an ob- 
ject of jealousy, they determined to seize and 
imprison him. He was providentially away 
from home when the soldiers came to arrest 
him, and as bail on a charge of treason would 
not be accepted, he escaped to America in 
the summer of 1793. 

'i'hough not sent immediately by the church 
in Ireland to aid in promoting the Covenant- 
ing cause in this country, it is evident that 
lie was sent by the Head of the Church him- 
self. In an article on "The Life and Times 
of Rev. James McKinney," by Rev. S. Car- 
lisle, he .says: "We do not state too much 
when we assert he was the founder, under 
God, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church 
in the L'nited States, after the secession and 
backsliding in 1783." Dr. (jlasgow, in his 
"History of the Reformed Presbyterian 
Church in America," and Sprague's "Annals 
of the American Pulpit." state that "for schol- 
arship and eloquence combined, he was not 
only the greatest man in the Covenanter 
Church in his day, but he was a great man 
among men of that age. His sermons were a 
continuous stream of thought, and for 
grandeur of conception and impressiveness of 
delivery such displays of eloquence were sel- 
dom heard." They also quote an eminent 
divine as .saying, "I have met with many con- 
siderable and some great men, Init not one 
equal to James McKinney." .Anotlier said, 
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Such are the testimonies of men on both sides 
of the Atlantic to the character of Rev. James 
McKinney. 

Prior to 1812 four brothers of Rev. James 
McKinney had emigrated to America : Rev. 
Samuel McKinney, D.D., of Texas; Dr. 
Archibald JMcKinney, who was for some time 
partner of Dr. Rush, of Philadelphia, and 
died at Cincinnati, Ohio; Robert McKinney, 
who located, and died near Pittsburg, Penn- 
sylvania; and Hon. John A. McKinney, one 
of the framers of the constitution of Tennes- 
see, and who died at Rogersville, East Ten- 
nessee. 

Rev. James McKinney was called to the 
congregation of Rocky Creek, Chester Dis- 
trict, South Carolina, whither he removed, 
died in a few months, away from his family, 
and was buried in the old graveyard on Rocky 
Creek. It may be said of this family that 
they inherited and illustrated all the noble 
qualities of their heroic ancestors, and veri- 
fied the promise, "I will be a God to thee and 
thy children after thee." Freedom, civil and 
religious, was dearer to them than titles and 
wealth. 

(H) Four years later, in 1797, Mary 
(Mitchell) McKinney, wife of Rev. James 
McKinney, followed, with their five children, 
one of whom was James (2) McKinney, 
father of James (3) McKinney of this re- 
view. He was born in 1792. He was edu- 
cated for the ministry, but was not ordained. 
He lived a quiet, uneventful life, was se- 
dentary in his habits, and devoted to his 
books. 

James McKinney's maternal grandfather 
was John I. Netterville, who forfeited his 
succession to the peerage by coming to 
America. The family of Netterville is of 
Norman descent, and of considerable an- 
tiquity ; it took from an early period an im- 
portant and historic position in Ireland, and 
made high connections and alliances. It was 
settled at Douth, county Meath, in the reign 
of Henry II. During the persecution of the 
Protestants this family left France for the 
North of Ireland, and sailed up the coast. 
His maternal grandmother was Lady .Vnn 
Whitely, daughter of Lord Edward Whitcly, 
North of Ireland. Jane Frances (Netter- 
ville) McKinney. mother of James McKinney, 
came to America in 1802, when nine years of 
age. Such were the forebears of James Mc- 
Kinney, indicating that the blood flowing in 
his veins was of that sturdy, self-reliant qual- 
ity which knew no discouragement and feared 
nothing so much as untrustworthiness. 

(Ill) James (3), son of James (2) and 
Tane Frances (Netterville) McKinney, was 



born August 29, 1825, in Duanesburg, Sche- 
nectady county, New York. In 1838 he went 
to Canajoharie, Montgomery county, where 
for some years he attended Canajoharie 
Academy, making his home with his maternal 
grandfather, John T. Netterville, of the same 
place. In 1844 he accepted a position in the 
iron works conducted by Colonel George G. 
Johnson, of Palatine Bridge, New York, re- 
maining three years. In 1847 Mr- McKinney 
went to New York and sought employment 
with several concerns in different lines of 
the iron business in order to perfect himself 
in the industry, for, like many other young 
men, his aim wms to ultimately engage in 
business for himself, and he desired to obtain 
all the information and experience possible, 
with that end in view. In 18510 he came to 
Albany, and in 1857 began business 
for himself, forming a co-partnership 
with Abram Mann, under the firm name 
of McKinney & Mann, in a small foun- 
dry located on Lower Livingston avenue 
(then Lumber street). This foundry was 
demolished when the fir.st bridge was con- 
structed across the Hudson river at Albany, 
and the business was removed to buildings 
especially constructed for the firm at i8-20' 
De Witt street. In 1867 the partnership was 
dissolved, and Air. McKinney continued the 
business alone. About this time he observed 
the growing demand for structural and archi- 
tectural iron work for building purposes, and 
he decided to devote practically his whole 
attention to this branch of the iron industry. 
The business grew so rapidly that larger 
quarters were soon a necessity, and in 1872- 
he erected the works on upper Rroadway, 
where the business has since been conducted. 
In 1884 he admitted his son, Edward N. Mc- 
Kinney, into partnership, and this firm has 
ever since continued under the name of James 
McKinney & Son. When Mr. McKinney 
first engaged in business, he resolved to manu- 
facture only first-class work, for he realized 
that whatever was worth doing at all was 
worth doing well, and the result was that 
the reputation established at the beginning, 
for first-class work, was continued during 
all the years of his business career. He was 
a man of the highest ideals in honesty and in- 
tegrity, and as to what was due his fellow- 
men, and these qualities, combined with a 
genial disposition and a heart warm with 
generous impulses, attracted not only custom- 
ers and friends, who remained with him dur- 
ing his entire business life, but also the loy- 
alty and friendship of the men in his employ. 
In 1872 Mr. McKinney was elected a mem- 
ber of the board of aldermen and served 



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two years. In 1856 he joined the Fourth 
Presbyterian Church of Albany, and in 1874 
was elected to the eldership, which office he 
retained until the close of his life. He was 
devotedly attached to this church, and every 
branch of its work received his earnest sup- 
port. He was particularly interested in young 
men who wished to devote their lives to the 
Christian ministry, and was always a liberal 
■contributor in aiding such to secure an edu- 
cation with this end in view, when their 
private means were inadequate for the pur- 
pose. He was elected a trustee of the Albany 
Exchange Savings Bank in 1886, and became 
its second vice-president in 1893. 

Mr. McKinnev married, in 1850, JuHa A., 
Poole, of Albany. Children : Ella F. ; Ida A., 
married David B. Hunt, of Montclair, New 
Jersey; Edward N. Mr. McKinney died Feb- 
ruarv 10. 1907. The worth of his character 
and the loss to the community in his death 
were attested by the local press in the fol- 
lowing : 

Albany Evening Journal, February II. 1907: 
■"James McKinney's long career of usefulness 
came to an end about three weeks ago, and yes- 
terday death ensued. From the time he laid 
•down the cares of busine,ss life, which had ex- 
tended over half a century, his vigorous consti- 
tution gave way gradually, and in a compara- 
tively short time the vital spark went out. It 
was like passing to a peaceful sleep, and was in 
keeping with his gentle nature. His presence 
was like a healing balm, his counsel always on 
the right side, and his charity unostentatious. 
Mr. McKinney's record in the business circles of 
Albany, in the city's welfare and in church 
work, stands out a bright page. His genial 
■disposition, his wise judgment in all matters in 
which he was enlisted, and his business acumen, 
will be missed by those who were thrown into 
his companionship." 

Ibid, same date: "The death of James Mc- 
Kinney, which occurred yesterday, makes an- 
■other vacant place in the ranks of the old guard 
of Albany's business men — the men to whose 
activity and energy is due in gerat measure the 
city's very solidly founded prosperity. Fifty 
years of successful business activity, always char- 
acterized by strict integrity, made a record most 
honorable, a source of pride to those who mourn. 
Mr. McKinney's life is an example for emula- 
tion to those who are just beginning their busi- 
ness careers." 

Albany Times-Union, February 11, 1907: "In 
the death of James McKinney, .Mbany loses one 
•of its most progressive citizens. His splendid 
•efforts to promote the welfare of the large in- 
stitution over which he presided were crowned 
with success, and the iron works which bear 
liis name are known throughout the length and 
"breadth of the land. He was a generous em- 
ployer, a good citizen and a faithful friend, and 
a splendid type of virile manhood." 

Knickerbocker Express. February 11, 1907: 
"The close of Sabbath witnessed the death of one 
of those sweet, lovable gentlemen of the old 
■school, of whom the world to-day has too few. 



A gentleman whose integrity was unimpeachable; 
in whom the milk of human kindness abounded 
in rich supply: whose optimism was ever most 
pronounced; whose life of four-score years and 
two speaks eloquently his own epitaph; whose 
love for humanity was as sweet as the perfume 
of incense — such was James McKinney, one of 
Albany's best-known business men." 



The paternal descent of the Daw 
DAW family of Troy is through French 
Huguenot ancestors, who fled from 
the city of Rochelle in France and came to 
America, where a large settlement of people 
of the same religious convictions founded 
New Rochelle, near New York City. The 
names of two of the Daw ancestors are on 
the Huguenot monument at New Rochelle as 
founders of New Rochelle. Through inter- 
marriage with the Denisons they obtain de- 
scent from Captain George Denison, a noted 
Indian fighter of Connecticut, whose wife, 
Ann Boradaile, was an English lady of rank. 
His father was William Denison, who came 
to America in 163 1 and settled in Roxbury, 
Massachusetts. 

Captain George Denison returned to 
England after the death of his first wife, 
joined the army of Cromwell, was wounded 
at the battle of Naseby. was nursed back to 
life at the home of John Boradaile by his 
daughter Ann, whom he afterward married; 
he returned to America and settled at Ston- 
ington, Connecticut, where he died in 1694. 
As a leader of the volunteer forces, he broke 
the power of the Indians and gave peace to 
the harassed settlers. The descent is through 
Captain John, eldest son of Captain George 
and .\nn (Boradaile) Denison: Daniel, child 
of Captain John and Phoebe Denison ; Daniel 
(2), who was the ninth child of Daniel (i) 
and Mary Denison; Daniel (3), second child 
of Daniel (2) and Esther Denison; Esther, 
born 1776, third child of Daniel (3) and 
Elizabeth Denison, who married Miner Wal- 
den, of Pawlet, Vermont ; removed to Albany 
county. New York, where the mother of 
George W. Daw, of Troy, was born. 

(I) Peter Ferris Daw was born October 
22, 1808, at Ridgcfield. Connecticut. He em- 
braced the profession of law and practiced in 
Cohoes until his death. May 27, 1876. He 
married Sophia M. Waldcn. of Albany. New 
York, born November 19, 1815, at Berne, 
Albany county. New York. 

(II) George Weidman, son of Peter Fer- 
ris and Sophia M. (Walden) Daw, was born 
in Cohoes. New York. March 24, 1856, He 
attended the Cohoes public scliool until at- 
taining the age of fifteen, when he went to 
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the high school in that city, from which he 
graduated, but the death of his father pre- 
vented the carrying out of his college plans. 
In 1877 he went to Troy, entered the law 
offices of Smith, Fursman & Cowen, where 
he studied law and was admitted to the bar 
in 1S80. After two years of private practice, 
he formed a partnership with Eugene L. Pel- 
tier, which existed until 1890, since which 
date he has continued alone in his legal busi- 
ness. He is well known and prominent among 
the lights of the Rensselaer county bar. He 
lias held several important public positions 
in his profession, among them that of attor- 
nev for the excise board of Troy, for the years 
1883-84-85. 

He has allied his energy and ability with 
•other enterprises not connected with his pro- 
fession. He was one of the organizers of 
the Union National Bank of Schenectady, 
New York, of the Albany Trust Company, 
of Albany, New York, of the Peoples Bank 
of Troy, and of the Troy Trust Company, 
in the last two of which he is a director at 
the present time (1910). He is also a direc- 
tor of the Pittsburgh-Eastern Company, of 
the R. T. French Company, of Rochester, 
New York, and of the Beacon Electric Light 
Company, and other local business enterprises 
•of importance. 

In the political life of Rensselaer county 
Mr. Daw has ever been active. From 
1880 to 1884 he was secretary of the Re- 
publican county committee and acting chair- 
man during the Blaine campaign of 1884. He 
is interested in real estate operations, and in 
California plotted and promoted the now 
thriving town of \'ernondaIe. He was one 
of the organizers of the Rensselaer Union 
Club, now known as the Troy Republican 
Club. and member of the Troy Club, director of 
the Riverside Club, which he helped to organ- 
ize. He is a member of Trinity Protestant 
Episcopal Church, which he has .served many 
years as vestryman. He is a member of the 
New York State Bar Association, the Ameri- 
can Bar Association, the Rensselaer County 
Bar Association, the Huguenot Society of 
America, the Sons of the .\merican Revolu- 
tion, the Fort Orange Club, Country Club of 
Albany, New York, and Rensselaer County 
Society of New York City, New York. He 
•continues his legal practice in Troy, where he 
has an established clientage. He married. 
May 10, 1882, E. Eugenia, oply daughter of 
Daniel Wiedman. of Albany. Children : Elma 
F.lmina, a graduate of Emma Willard School 
•of Troy, and Bryn Mawr College. Pennsyl- 
vania : Georgena, also a graduate of the Emma 
Willard .'School. 



George Allen Ross, son of Adam 
ROSS Ross, was born November 10, 1870, 

at Troy, New York. His educa- 
tion was obtained in the common and high 
schools of Troy, after which he entered the 
Albany College of Pharmacy. He was regis- 
tered under the laws governing pharmacists 
in New York state in 1895. He was with 
Edward F. Leahy, druggist, of Troy, for 
nearly five years, then with his successor until 
1890, when he removed to Hoosick Falls. 
He here entered the employ of Henry W. 
Stone, with whom he remained as prescrip- 
tion clerk and a.ssistant for five years. In 
1895 he purchased the drug business of 
Henry W. Stone and opened under the firm 
name of Geo. A. Ross & Company, contin- 
uing under that name until 1900, when he 
purchased his partner's interest, and since 
then has conducted the business as George 
A. Ross. In 1905 he added to his store in 
Hoosick Falls the adjoining building, which 
he converted into a confectionery and ice 
cream store, wholesale and retail. He has 
been very successful. He was appointed by 
Colonel Lloyd and Captain F. R. Hudson, 
hospital steward of the Second Regiment, 
New York National Guard, with headquar- 
ters at Troy. He held this position four 
years, seven months, when he received an 
honorable discharge from the service. He 
had been active in the National Guard for 
several years, being on duty during the trol- 
ley strike of 1903 at Glens Falls, New York. 
He is an active Republican. He served as 
auditor of the Hoosick Falls village corpora- 
tion from 1899 until July, 1910, when he 
resigned. He is a member of the Presby- 
terian church, of Rensselaer Lodge, No. 400, 
Free and Accepted Masons, Benevolent and 
Protective Order of Elks, and for four years 
(1896 to 1900) secretary of the Hoosick 
Falls Lodge, No. 178; member of the 
Hoosick Club since 1895, and of the Country 
Club, member of the New York State Phar- 
maceutical Association, and of the Ice Cream 
Men's Association of New York state. 

Mr. Ross married, June 14. 1899, ^I''^- Jo' 
sephine (Burtt) Cusson, daughter of Row- 
land Thomas Burtt, of Greenburg. New 
Hampshire. Rowland Thomas Burtt was horn 
December 2, 1821, died February 4, 1907, at 
Hoosick Fails. He was a well-known musi- 
cian and dancing master, and for fifty years 
leader of Burtt & Whitcomb's Orchestra, of 
Cambridge, New York. He was a most ex- 
cellent instructor and was well known and 
highly regarded all through that section of 
New York state. He was an accomplished 
performer on the violin and composer of a 



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great amount of the music which was played 
by his own orchestra exclusively. In addition 
to his musical engagements he was an expert 
grainer and painter. In middle life his 
sight became impaired by cataracts forming, 
and at the age of fifty-seven he became totally 
blind. He continued playing in public until 
he was seventy-five, rendering his selections 
from memory. Until he was eighty-five he 
retained his musical skill and kept up his 
playing, although not appearing in public. 
His musical memory was wonderful, having 
a repertoire of sixty quadrilles and about 
thirty other compositions for dance and con- 
cert that he recited from memory without a 
discordant note, excelling in dance and popu- 
lar music, in which he delighted. After his 
dissolution of interest with Mr. Whitcomb, 
the organization was known as Burtt's Band. 
He removed to Hoosick Falls in 1899. He 
married Caroline Adelia. born in Pittstown, 
New York, daughter of Samuel S. Hastings, 
born April 25, 1812, at Pittstown, died June 
20, 1887. He was a cooper and lived most 
of his life at Arlington, Vermont. He mar- 
ried Clarissa Baird, born 1814, at Allenville, 
Dutchess county, New York, died at Shushan, 
New York, May 6, 1862. They had thirteen 
children, of whom Caroline A. was the sixth. 
A son, Zechariah Hastings, enlisted in Com- 
pany E, One Hundred and Twenty-third 
Regiment, New York Volunteers, and died 
in an army hospital. Another son, Abraham 
B. Hastings, was sent home from the army 
and died. He was a member of the same 
re.giment as his brother and father, who came 
through unscathed. The Hastings are of 
English descent, the father of Samuel S. hav- 
ing been born in England. Mrs. Josephine 
B. Ross is a skilled performer on the b-flat 
cornet, having been playing since the age of 
seven years. Prior to her marriage she 
toured the United States in concert accom- 
panied by her brothers, Neil and William. 
She now plays only in private or occasionally 
in church. All the children of Rowland T. 
Burtt inherited musical talent and are per- 
formers of high merit. Rowland T. Burtt 
was a son of Thomas Burtt, of New Hamp- 
shire, also a noted musician and violin per- 
former. He owned a genuine Cremona violin 
that is now in possession of a great-grandson, 
Harold John Cusson. The instrument has 
been in use by each generation owning it and 
it is of rare tone and beauty. Josephine Burtt 
married (first) December 16. 1884, John 
Lewis Cusson, born in Canada, November 19, 
1858, died at Glens Falls, New York, Octo- 
ber 24, 1892, of French-Canadian parents. He 
was a professor of music, taught both vocal 



and orchestral music; was also a composer 
and performer on the violin. Of the four 
children of the marriage three died in infancy. 
Harold John Cusson, the only surviving child, 
was born in Newark, New Jersey, April 17, 
1887. He is now (1910) in the senior class 
at Albany College of Pharmacy. He was a 
student at Troy Conservatory of Music four 
years under Professor Robert E. Fbote, and 
for two years under instruction on the violin' 
with Professor Harris, of Boston. He is the- 
leader of his own orchestra, located at Hoosick 
Falls and very popular over a large circuit. 
He owns the Cremona used by his great- 
grandfather, also the violin (a Stainer made- 
in 1775) used by his father, Mr. Cusson. He 
is an expert performer and does much concert 
work besides leading his orchestra. 



Jonathan Ruff was born in New 
RL'FF England in 1759, died May 13, 
1804. He took an active part in 
the war of the revolution. He is credited' 
by tradition with being one of the active par- 
ticipants at the "Boston Tea Party." He- 
served in various commands during the war 
and ranked as major. Many stories are told' 
of his prowess that records fail to show. 
Shortly after the war closed Major Ruft' re- 
moved to New York state, settling at McKin- 
ney hill, town of Florida, Montgomery county, 
finding employment on the farm of Jesse- 
Price, whose daughter he married. After 
marriage he settled on a farm in the south- 
west corner of the town, later purchasing an- 
adjacent property upon which he lived until 
his death. He married Sallie, daughter of 
Jesse Price, who settled in Florida previous 
to the revolution. She was noted for her 
fleetness of foot and never was afraid of In- 
dians, saying she could outrun any red man 
in the valley. Both Jonathan and Sallie- 
(Price) Ruff are buried in the County Line- 
cemetery. Oiildren : Daniel. Jesse, Jonathan, 
Jesse (2), Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, 
twins ; Nancy, Priscilla and Sallie. 

(II) Benjamin Franklin, twin brother of 
Jefferson, son of Jonathan and Sallie (Price) 
Ruff, was born in 1803. died November 5,. 
1876. He was a farmer of the town of 
Florida. While engaged with others in the 
patriotic celebration of July 4, 1826, he lost 
a portion of both arms by the premature 
discharge of a cannon, while he was ram- 
ming home a charge of powder. Despite this 
handicap he successfully conducted his af- 
fairs and performed farm labor. He was 
twice married. His first wife was Polly 
Merry. Iiorn in 1808, died October 4, 1830,. 
daughter of an early settler of the coiuity. 




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1453 



■Children: i. ^^'illiam Alonzo, see forward. 2. 
Sarah, died June 12, 1895; she married James 
\"ander Pool and hafl a son, J. Franklin Van- 
der Pool, who married Louise Groat, of Sco- 
tia, Schenectady count}'. Children : Frank, 
James, Bessie and Rose \'ander Pool. 3. 
Joanna, lives in Schenectady, unmarried. Ben- 
jamin F. Ruff married (second) Lavizer 
Chauncy : children : Albert and Lewis. 

(HI) William Alonzo, only son of Benja- 
min F. and Polly (Merry) Ruff, was born in 
August, 1827, died April 2, 1907. After his 
marriage he settled on the farm of his grand- 
father, where he resided until his death, a 
•well known and respected citizen. He was a 
deacon of the Baptist church for thirty years. 
He married (first) Mary J. Ladd, born in 
Duanesburg, Schenectady county, New York, 
died at the age of sixty-five, daughter of 
Ephraim Ladd. Children : William F., see 
forward, and Nettie E., born September 29, 
1863 ; married James L. Dusler, pastor of the 
Baptist church at Springfield Center, New 
York. By a second wife William Alonzo Ruff' 
had Jessie, Mabel, William A. and Charlotte. 

(IV) William F., son of William Alonzo 
and Mary J. (Ladd) Ruff, was born Novem- 
ber 25, 1853. He received his early education 
in the town public schools and qualified as 
an instructor at the State Normal School in 
Albany, New York. He was engaged in 
teaching for several years. He had been 
reared on the farm, and after his years of 
teaching returned to the pursuit of agriculture, 
having a fertile farm of one hundred and 
forty acres near Minaville. L^pon it is a 
substantial brick house built in 1804, that is 
in perfect condition, giving no indication of 
having been built one hundred and six years 
ago. He is actively interested in the affairs 
of his town and has served repeatedly as su- 
pervisor and town clerk. He is a member 
of the Baptist church, and holds fraternal 
relations with Welcome Lodge, Free and Ac- 
cepted Masons, of Amsterdam, and Ticonde- 
roga Tribe, No. 176, Red Men, which he has 
represented in the state council. He married, 
in Duanesburg, November 22, 1876, Anna B. 
Filkins, born in the adjoining town of Prince- 
town, November 25, 1850. She was educated 
in the public schools. Miss Coley's Private 
Seminary at Albany, and for some time pre- 
vious to marriage was a teacher. Children : 
I. Lena M., born December 27, 1877; mar- 
ried William G. Ernest, a farmer of Florida ; 
children: Helen H., born June 15, i8gg, and 
Robert M., July 7, 1903. 2. Catherine, born 
.'^eptember 2, 1879; married Albertus Van 
Wie, a merchant and postmaster of Clarks- 
ville, Albanv countv, New York. 



Anna B. Filkins (Mrs. William F. Ruff) 
is a daughter of James and Selina (Holmes) 
T'ilkins, of Schenectady county. James Filkins 
was born in Schenectady in 1823, and died 
there in 1858; son of Benjamin and Susan 
( Ijond ) Filkins. Selina Holmes is the daugh- 
ter of Thomas Holmes, born August i, 1788, 
died June 16, 1866. He married .Ann Miiner, 
born August 29, 1792, died April 18, 1881. 
Thomas Holmes was of English birth, his 
father being esquire of Staffordshire and of 
the gentry. Thomas was reared as an l£ng- 
lish gentleman's son, but he was independent 
and ambitious to make a name for himself. 
In 1830 he emigrated to the United States, 
bringing a wife and eight children. He set- 
tled first in Albany county, then in Duanes- 
burg, where he lived until his death, engaged 
in farming. Children of Thomas and Ann 
(Miiner) Holmes: i. Anna, born June 18, 
1815, died June 29, 1904; married Alexander 
Sproul, a Scotchman. 2. Thomas, November 
21, 1816, died March 21, 1885; married Har- 
riet Cooley. 3. John, June i, 1818, died 
March 16. 1887; married Emily C. Darling. 
4. Pamelia E., July 7, 1820, died September 
15, 1894; married Henry Quick. 5. Cathe- 
rine J., August I, 1822, died November 6, 
igo6, unmarried. 6. William G., April 11, 
1824; married Sarepta Schofield. 7. Ann, De- 
cember 26, 1825, died September 8, 1849; 
unmarried. 8. Selina, April 11, 1826; widow 
of James Filkins, and mother of Mrs. William 
F. Ruff, with whom she resides. 9. Sarah L., 
June 25, 1831, died August 9, 1832. 10. Al- 
fred A., March 9, 1834, died May 29, 1905; 
married Sarah Waite. 11. Mary E., July 27, 
1836; married Thomas Harden, of Loudon- 
ville. New York. Children of James and Se- 
lina (Holmes) Filkins, parents of Mrs. Wil- 
liam F. Ruff; Anna B. (Mrs. Ruff), and 
Alfred Allen Filkins, born October- 7, 1854, 
died in 1878; married Nettie McCulIom. Both 
the Holmes and Filkins families like the Ruffs 
were identifiecl with the Baptist church. 



The first of the Phelps family 
PHELPS to appear in the Mohawk Val- 
ley was Oliver Phelps, born in 
Hartford county, Connecticut, where he grew 
to manhood and married Abigail Brown. He 
removed to New York state and settled on a 
farm in Montgomery county. He was a pros- 
perous and prominent man. The site of his 
farm and burial place is now in the town of 
Johnstown, Fulton county. 

(II) Chester, son of Oliver and Abigail 
(Brown) Phelps, was born June 15, 1792, 
died March 13, 1870. He inherited lands 
from his father to which he added other farms, 



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becoming one of the largest general farmers 
in the county besides devoting special atten- 
tion to fruit and dairy farming. He was a 
prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal 
church and a man of high character. Phelps 
street near Gloversville was at one time owned 
and occupied by thirteen families of the Phelps 
name. He married, June 28, 1816, Sally A. 
Powell, born Alarch 4, 1796, died September 
II, 1857. Children: i. Charles A., born 
August 22. 1817, died September 28, 1847. 
2. Gilbert, February 9, 1819, died November 
16, 1900; married, September 30, 1845, Anna 
C. Van Nostrand ; child, Margaret, married 
Charles D. Massey. 3. Lucius A., March 20, 
1821, died February 16, 1837. 4. Eliza Ann, 
February 24, 1823, died October 12, 1908; 
married. June 10, 1847, Hart A. Massey. born 
April 27, 1819, died February 20, 1896; six 
children : Charles, George, Chester, Lillian, 
Walter Hart and Fred Victor. 5. Sylvia 
Adelia, February 4, 1825, died November 3, 
1901 ; married, October 7, 1845, Horace W. 
Porter; child, Mervin A., married Helen 
Frank and has Lottie Ann. married Arthur 
Adams. 6. William Henry, October 8, 1827, 
died January 24, 1899; married, August 31, 
1849, Louise Deming ; children : i. Charles 
Edward, married Clara Wilcox ; ii. Albert, 
married Margaret Wells, whose daughter 
Brena married Charles Schoolcraft, also a 
son, Floyd ; iii. Nettie, married William 
Ballinger. 7. George R., of whom further. 
8. Chester Powell, December 16, 1832; mar- 
ried Alice Brown ; children : i. David, mar- 
ried Cora ; children : Alice, Arthur and 

Floyd ; ii. Arthur. 9. Sarah Jane, July 6, 
1835, died April 29, 1890; married, January 
18, i860, Lehman Edwards. 

(HI) George Roswell, son of Chester and 
Sally A. (Powell) Phelps, was born in Johns- 
town, Fulton county. New York, June 2, 
1830, died May 19, 1903. He was born and 
reared on the old homestead first settled by 
Oliver Phelps. He was educated in the public 
school, and always followed the occupation of 
agriculture. He succeeded his father in the 
ownership of the farm, which he converted 
into a veritable garden and orchard. He 
specialized in small fruits and berries, raising 
them in very large quantities, and continued 
the personal oversight of his farm until his 
death. Jn i89<) he purchased a city home in 
Gloversville and removed there, traveling back 
and forth each day to the farm. His heart 
was in his work and success came to him 
abundantly. He had business interests in 
Gloversville and always had a lively concern 
for the advancement and welfare of that city. 
He was a Prohibitionist in party principle and 



an out-spoken man on the subject of temper- 
ance. He married, March 17, 1858, Joseph- 
ine Matilda Whitney, born April 18, 1838, 
daughter of Asa Hervey Whitney, born 1812, 
died May i, 1846; married, September i, 1836, 
Almira RIatilda Wait, born February 8, 1815, 
died February 7, 1897. Asa H. Whitney was 
engaged in the lumber business but contracted 
consumption and died a young man. Children 
of George Roswell and Josepliine M. Phelps : 
I. Inez Marian, born July 15, 1859. died June 
10, 1887. 2. William Edwin, born November 
12, i860; married (first) December 27, 1882, 
Emily Ann Banks, born December g, i860, 
died May 29, 1888; children: i. Jessie Marian, 
born July 6, 1885, married, December 25, 
1908, 'Walter A. Deford and has William 
Phelps, born January 26, 1910; ii. Harry 
Chester, June 24, 1887, died July 20, 1888. 
William Edwin married (second) April 6, 
1898, Jane Munns, born November 9, 1862 ; 
child. Raymond Qiester, born December 28, 
1900. 3. Warren Whitney, born August 23, 
1863; married, August 30, 1884. Abbie Lan- 
sing, born September 21, 1867. died March 9, 
1903; child, Florence Catherine, born May 31,' 
1895. 4. Emma Belle, born December 28, 
1865; married, February 15, 1884, Elmer J. 
Staley, born March 19, 1861. died February 
20. 1900; child, Harold Phelps, born August 
20, 1899. 5. Lillian Almira, born January 11, 
1870; married, April 7, 1899, John AI. Smith, 
born February i, 1869. 6. Alma Leona, born 
October 26, 1877; married, September 15, 
1910, Clifton Elliot Sanborn, born September 
4, 1877. Mrs. Josephine M. Phelps survives 
her husband, a resident of Gloversville, New 
York. Mr. and Mrs. Phelps were active mem- 
bers of First Methodist Episcopal church, in 
which Mr. Phelps was steward several years 
and i\Irs. Phelps was active for over forty- 
five years in every department, in Sabbath 
school work as well as in church work. 



Tracing the gene- 
SCHIFFERDFCKER alogy of this 'fam- 
ily back brings the 
searcher to the Duchy of Baden-Baden, now 
empire of Germany. There for generation 
after generation the family of Schifferdecker 
were prosperous and influential. They were 
intimately associated with public afifairs and 
furnished soldiers that made reputations for 
bravery on the field of battle. The first of 
the family to arrive in the United States was 
Henry Schiflferdecker, born in Baden-Baden 
in 1798. He was a butcher and dealer in 
meats, etc. This has been the i)revailing 
family occupation and business down to the 
present generation. He married and had a 



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family of eight children, all born in Baden- 
Baden. He remained in business in Germany 
until his family were well grown and his 
sons liable to conscription for military duty 
in the Germany army. In 1849, '^^'^^^'' ^'''s wife 
and entire family, he took passage for the 
United States, where they arrived eight 
weeks later. The family settled in Albany 
where Henry began business anew, following 
the same line as in Germany. He continued 
the butcher business, assisted by his son, until 
his death in 1858. He was thrifty, indus- 
trious and highly respected. His widow sur- 
vived him until October 17, 1890, dying on 
her birthday, which was October 17, just 
eighty-four years earlier in the century, 1806. 
Children: Carl, deceased; Frederick A., see 
forward ; Morris ; Henry, deceased ; Louisa, 
deceased : Caroline ; Lizzie, deceased ; Rosa. 

(H) Captain Frederick A., second son of 
Henry Schiflferdecker, was born in Baden- 
Baden, Germany, February 2, 1836, died in 
Albany, New York. November 24, 1908. He 
came to Albany with his father in 1849, ^"d 
assisted him in the meat business until he 
arrived at the age of twenty-one, when he 
began business for himself. He w-as a suc- 
cessful business man and became prominent 
in city politics. In 1862 he responded to Presi- 
dent Lincoln's call for men to crush out the 
rebellion then existing in the southern states. 
He enlisted as a private in the Forty-sixth 
Regiment, New York \^olunteer Infantry, and 
came home after three years valiant service 
as captain. He won his commission for 
bravery on the field of battle and demon- 
strated the quality of his courage on more 
than one hard-fought battlefield. A proof of 
his valor now decorates the Hall of Flags 
in the State Capitol at Albany. It is a 
battle-flag captured from the enemy in battle 
and is a special credit to his company. He 
represented his ward in Albany as supervisor 
several terms, and in 1874 was elected a 
member of the state assembly of New York. 
He was a stalwart Republican and always 
active in politics. He was a member of Ver- 
non Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and 
a highly respected citizen. He was a Luth- 
eran in religious faith. He married, Anna 
Rapp, of Hanover, Germany. Children: i. 
Charles F., see forward. 2. Frederick A., 
born July 19, i860; was well educated in 
the public schools of Albany ; became an as- 
sistant in his father's meat market ; was su- 
pervisor of his ward several terms ; president 
of the first ward Republican committee for 
sixteen years, and was slated for the Re- 
publican party nomination for treasurer of 
Albany county, an intention frustrated by his 



death ; he was a rising and most promising 
young man, whose death was keenly re- 
gretted; married Louise Heidrich, who sur- 
vives him, living in Albany with children: 
Edna, Dorothy, Anna, Charles F. and George 
N. 3. Anna, married John Heidrich, of Al- 
bany; children: John, Frederick, Irene. .Anna 
and Arthur. 4. Loisetta, married Henry H. 
Wadbil, a gaugcr in the United States inter- 
nal revenue service, stationed at Plattsburg, 
New York; children. Jeannette, Elizabeth 
Doris, William, Mildred and Marvin. 

(Ill) Charles F., eldest son of Frederick 
A. and Anna (Rapp) Schifferdecker, was born 
in Albany, New York, April 4, 1858. He was 
educated in the public schools, worked with 
his father in the meat business until 1877, 
when he and his brothers established the ice 
business under firm name of Schiflferdecker 
Brothers. He has developed this to large 
proportions and is one of the largest dealers 
in Albany. He has a cold storage plant in 
Albany with a capacity' of twenty thousand 
tons. He is a prominent and active member 
of the Republican party. In 1897 he was 
elected sheriff of Albany county, and gave a 
practical business administration of the aflfairs 
of that important office. He was a member 
of the Republican committee of the first ward 
for six years. He is a member of the Ma- 
sonic fraternity, belonging to lodge, chapter 
and commandery. His position in the city of 
Albany is an enviable one and has been gained 
by earnest, conscientious effort, doing well 
whatever came in his line of duty. His private 
aflfairs were no more carefully conducted than 
have been the public trusts committed to 
him. He married. May 16, 1883, in Albany, 
Elizabeth Bildhauser, born in Albany, Octo- 
ber 17, 1859. daughter of Frederick and Cathe- 
rine (Damm) Bildhauser, who came to the 
L'nited States from Laubauch, Hesse-Darm- 
stadt, Germany, and were married in Albany. 
Frederick Bildhauser died in Albany, June 24, 
1909, at the age of seventy-four, after a life 
of fifty years in West Albany, His 
widow Catherine survives him, residing at 174 
Broad street. Albany. Charles F. anil Eliza- 
beth Schiflferdecker have one child, Fred- 
erick G., born September 21, 1884, educated 
in the common and high schools of Albany; 
associated in business with his father. 



The Rose family that first settled 
ROSE in Stephentown, Rensselaer county. 

New York, came from Connecti- 
cut and were descendants of Robert Rose, of 
Scotch birth and ancestry, who was born in 
1594. came in the ship "Frances" from Ips- 
wich, Suffolk county, England, in 1634. and 



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settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he 
■was hsted a resident in 1639. The ages of 
his children were given to the officers of the 
Crown upon his receiving license to emigrate 
to America. Had wife Margaret and chil- 
•dren : John and Robert (twins), born 1619; 
Elizabeth, 1621 ; Mary, 1623; Samuel, 1625; 
.Sarah, 1627; Daniel, 1631 ; Dorcas, 1632. It 
is from this family that Nathaniel Rose, the 
founder of the family in Rensselaer county, 
New York, spriuig. Nathaniel shares with 
others the distinction of being the first set- 
tlers of the town of Stephentown, Rensselaer 
county, prior to the revolution. He settled 
about two miles from the village of Stephen- 
town and planted a homestead in what was 
then a wild and uncultivated region. He was 
a man of energy and possessed the attributes 
of character that successful pioneers must 
liave. He married and had issue. 

(H) Charles, son of Nathaniel Rose, "the 
pioneer," was born about the year 1770. He 
was a farmer of Stephentown and was pos- 
sessed of considerable land. He was a mem- 
iDcr of the Presbyterian church. He later 
removed from Rensselaer to Fulton county 
-where he owned and operated a farm of one 
liundred and sixty acres. He married and 
liad Willard, Charles, Rhoda, Molly and 
Sarah. 

(HI) Charles (2), son of Charles (i) 
Rose, succeeded to the family homestead in 
Fulton county, which he successfully operated 
as a grain, stock and dairy farm all his life. 
He was a Republican in politics and a Pres- 
byterian in religion. He married Christy Ann, 
daughter of John and Oiristy Ann (McNab) 
Carmichael. Children : John C, went west 
-where he was twice married and had issue; 
Charles W., of whom further; Mary E., born 
June 5, 1836, married George Rrownell, born 
1827, died 1871 ; child, Frank R., married 
Emma Newkirk and had Helen, born July 17, 
1872; Helen, married George Worcester; Wil- 
lard, a farmer and glove manufacturer, mar- 
ried Fanny Washburn ; Thomas Scott, died 
aged two years ; Anna ; Jennie, born Septem- 
ber 28, 1848; Simon Scott, married Ella Tim- 
merman ; children : Scott, Fred, William, John, 
Jennie and Katherine. 

(IV) Charles W., son of Charles (2) and 
Christy Ann (Carmichael) Rose, was born on 
the Rose homestead in Fulton county. New 
York, January 18, 1833. He was educated 
in the public schools and Kingsboro Academy. 
He worked on the farm for a time, then in 
i860 began his long career as a glove manu- 
facturer. He first began cutting at Bennett's 
Corners. Fulton county, at which place his 
uncle, Willard Rose, had been engaged as a 



glove manufacturer and farmer for many 
years. He first occupied a shop in Glovers- 
ville in 1862. In 1872 he erected a factory 
building at the corner of Pine and Mill streets, 
to which frequent additions have been made 
as the demands of his growing business 
needed. He has always made a specialty of 
fine goods for ladies' and gentlemen's wear, 
using principally imported kid leather. From 
a small beginning he has built up a very large 
business and is one of the oldest manufac- 
turers in his city. He is also a director of 
Gloversville Knitting Company. He was trus- 
tee of the village, and in his quiet way bore 
his full share in the development of Glovers- 
ville. He is a Republican in politics and a 
member of the Presbyterian church. He mar- 
ried, February 7, 1861, Ann Eliza Benedict, 
born July 7, 1835. Children: Ida. born May 

3, 1863, died 1873; Charles, born and died 
1867 ; Henry, born May 3, 1874, died October 

4, 1910, married Eva Place; Harriet, June 5, 
1878. 

Ann Eliza (Benedict) Rose is a daughter 
of John M. Benedict, and a granddaughter 
of Ira and Agnes (Mitchell) Benedict, of 
the Rhode Island family. John M. Benedict 
was born June 6, 1791, died June 12, 1880. 
He married, January 31, 1828, Bridget Tabor, 
born August 18, 1803, died April 7, 1866, 
daughter of Gideon and Rachel (Durfee) Ta- 
bor, of Rhode Island. Children of John M. 
and Bridget Benedict : Ira, born November 
28, 1828; Gideon, March 21, 1830, died Sep- 
tember 5, 1858; Thomas Scott, j\iarch 8, 1833. 
died January 30, 1845; Ann Eliza, married 
Charles W. Rose ; Ira, born December 30, 
1836, died April 24. 1858; Rachel .^gnes, born 
May 31, 1838, died August 6, 1866, married 
George B. Smalley ; Harriet, born September 
9, 1839, died October 1, 1839; Sophia, born 
October 19, 1840, died February i, ^1843; 
Catherine Jemime, born January 13, ' 1842, 
died April 5, 1844; Francis, born March 27, 
1844, died September i, 1844; Harriet Newell, 
born April 24, 1846, died January 24, 1875; 
Angelica, born January 12, 1848. 



The first authentic record of 
PALMER Walter Palmer, born 1585, (the 

American ancestor of the 
Palmers of Troy, herein considered) is found 
in Charlestown, Middlesex county, Massachu- 
setts. January 26, 1638, Abraham Palmer 
was chosen by the town "for keeing the Tovvne 
Booke." In his "Book of Possessions," page 
31, was recorded "The possessions of Walter 
Palmer within Charlestownc." His acres were 
described as "Two acres in the East Field," 
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January 6, 1637, Walter and son John shared 
in a division of lands on "Mystic Side." He 
and his close friend, William Cheseborough, 
were among the original proprietors and set- 
tlers of '"Seacuncke" (Rehoboth), until in 1645 
Walter Palmer represented the new town at 
the general court of Plymouth Colony. In 
1643 he gave in the value of his estate as 
£419. In 1645 3'oung John Winthrop induces 
A\'illiam Cheseborough to New London to 
begin a settlement there. He viewed the land 
and selecting a large tract in the Pequot 
county called "Wequeteguoc" quickly induced 
Walter Palmer to join him. With his entire 
family excepting son Jonas, he started south 
in 1652-53, buying land on the east bank of 
Wequeteguoc Cove. He secured twelve hun- 
dred acres in the neighborhood. Troubles 
arose between Massachusetts and Connecticut, 
which were unsettled for years, but finally in 
1665 the name was changed to Stonington 
and the territory awarded to Connecticut. In 
1668 an act for the census was passed and 
on this were the names of Gershom. Closes 
and Benjamin Palmer, Gershom signing for 
Mrs. Rebecca Palmer. Walter Palmer's will 
was made May 19, 1658. At the general court 
heard May 11. 1762, the will was filed and 
approved. 

Walter Palmer married ("first) in England, 

Ann • (called Elizabeth to distinguish 

her from her mother). He married (second) 
(it is thought in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 
where she had been admitted a member of 
the Rev. John Elliot's First Church) Rebecca 
Short. They both joined the First Church 
of Charlestown in 1632, and his daughter 
Grace was admitted the same date. He died 
in Stonington, November 10, 1661. Children 
by first wife: i. Grace, married Thomas Mi- 
nor : ten children. 2. John, died unmarried. 
3. William, died unmarried : removed to Kil- 
lingworth, Connecticut. 4. Jonas, married 
(first) Elizabeth Griswold ; (second) Mrs. 
Abigail Titus. 5. Elizabeth, married (first) 
Thomas Sloan; (second) Thomas Chapman. 
Children by second wife: 6. Hannah, married 
(first) Thomas Hewitt; (second) Roger 
Sterry; (third) John Fish. 7. Elihu, died aged 
twenty-nine years. 8. Nehemiah, deputy fif- 
teen sessions ; married Hannah Stanton. 9. 
Moses, a founder of the first church of Ston- 
ington ; married Dorothy Gilbert. 10. Captain 
Benjamin, married, August 10, 1691. but 
wife's name not known. 11. Gershom, see 
forward. 12. Rebecca, married Elisha Chese- 
borough, her father's most intimate friend ; 
(second) John Baldwin. 

fll) Deacon Gersliom, eleventh child of 
Walter Palmer and sixth by his second wife, 



Rebecca (Short) Palmer, was baptized in 
Charlestown, Massachusetts. He acquired a 
large amount of land, most of which he 
deeded to his sons before his death. He 
married (first) in Stonington, November 28, 
1667, Ann, daughter of Ca'ptain and Ann (Bo- 
rodel) Denison. Her mother was of a good 
English family and from her Mrs. Palmer 
inherited such stately and gracious manners 
that she was commonly styled "Lady Ann." 
She was born May 20, 1649, cl'ed in Stoning- 
ton, 1694. He married (second) Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Mason (maiden name Peck), of Reho- 
both. Massachusetts. Children by first wife: 
I. Mercy, married John Breed; he died at 
ninety years of age, and she at eighty-three; 
they were the parents of twelve children. 2. 
Gershom. married Sarah Palmer. 3. Captain 
Ichabod, married Hannah Palmer. 4. William, 
married Grace Minor. 5. George, see for- 
ward. 6. Rebecca, died young. 7. Ann, mar- 
ried Benjamin Hewitt. 8. Walter, married 
Grace \^ose. 9. Elihu, died young. 10. Mary 
married her cousin, Joseph Palmer. 11. Re- 
becca, baptized July i, 1694. 

(HI) George, son of Deacon Gershom and 
Ann (Denison) Palmer, was baptized in Ston- 
ington, May 29, 1680, died May 28, 1728. He 
married, March 11, 171 1, in Stonington, Han- 
nah, born May 31, 1694, daughter of Joseph 
and Frances (Prentice) Palmer. She sur- 
vived him and married (second) William 
York. Children: i. Ensign Christopher, mar- 
ried E.sther Prentice. 2. Zebulon, married 
(first) Comfort Fairbanks; (second) Deborah 
York. 3. Joseph, married (first) Zipporah 
Billings; (second) Mrs. Elizabeth (Stevens) 
Stewart. 4. George, removed to Stillwater, 
Saratoga county, New York, where he bought 
five hundred acres of land on which there were 
mills, his farm was about three miles from 
the scene of Burgoyne's surrender ; he mar- 
ried (first) Hannah Marsh; (second) Amy 
Blodgett. 5. Gershom, see forward. By her 
second husband, Mrs. Hannah Palmer had 
Amos, Molly and Jonathan York. 

(IV) Rev. Gershom (2) Palmer, .son of 
George and Hannah (Palmer) Palmer, was 
born in Stonington, October 12, 1725, died 
November 6, 18 10. He was a minister of the 
Gospel. He was located at what is now Gris- 
wold, New London county, Connecticut. He 
married, November 5, 1747, Dorothy Brown, 
born in Preston, Connecticut, where she died 
March i, 1808. Children: i. Prudence, mar- 
ried (first) William Breed: (second) James 
Thompson. 2. Dolly (Dorothy), married Na- 
than Randall ; they removed to Paris. New 
York. 3. Zeruiah, born in Preston, 1756. 4. 
Naomi. 5. Esther. 6. Reuben, see forward. 



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7. Lois, born April 23, 1761. 8. Lucretia. 9. 
Keturah. 10. Amy. 

(\') Rev. Reuben Palmer, son of Rev. 
Gershom (2) and Dorothy (Brown) Palmer, 
was born in Stonington, June 12, 1759. He 
was ordained first an elder of the Baptist 
church of Preston and while there called to 
the old Baptist church in Montville, New 
London county. Connecticut. He served 
'until he was publicly installed. December 25, 
1798, and from then until his death, 
April 22, 1822. He married, November 
16, 1780, Lucretia, born in Preston, No- 
vember 12, 1764, died in Montville, Au- 
gust 15, 1855. daughter of Caleb and Han- 
nah (Barnes) Tyler. Children: i. Hannah, 
born December 25, 1781. 2. Sally, October 16, 
1783. 3. Rev. Reuben, December 26, 1784. 
4. Lucretia, April 25, 1786. 5. Mary, De- 
cember 17, 1787. 6. Caleb, June 29, 1790. 7. 
Tyler, March 4. 1792. 8. Gideon, October 
23. 1793. 9- Joshua, October 15, 1795. 10. 
Gershom, August 6, 1796. 11. Samuel, Feb- 
ruary II, 1798. 12. Rhoda, October 18, 1799. 
13. Peter Avery, see forward. 14. Achsah, 
May 12, 1803. 15. Lois, December 30, 1804. 
16. Emma, December 30, 1807. 17. Thank- 
ful, January 29, 1809. 

(VI) Peter Avery, son of Rev. Reuben 
and Lucretia (Tyler) Palmer, was born in 
(Montville), New London county, Connecti- 
cut, May II, 1801. died at Lansingburg, New 
York, January 28, 1892. He removed from 
his Connecticut home when twenty-two years 
of age, and located at Le Roy, New York, as 
one of the first settlers and took a prominent 
part in the building up of the town. While 
here he became interested in the stove busi- 
ness and invented various types of stoves and 
appliances, among which were the elevated 
oven stove, and the rotary grate. In 1858 he 
removed to Troy on account of the manu- 
facture of his stoves and established the firm 
of Peter A. Palmer. He was a Republican 
in political sympathy and a citizen held in 
high esteem. In 1875 he removed to Lansing- 
burg, where he resided the remainder of his 
life. He married, September 2, 1821, at New 
London, Connecticut, Naomi Caulkins, born 
December 5, 1803, died in Lansingburg. New 
York, May 27, 1892. Children: i. Eliza- 
beth A., born August i, 1823, at New Lon- 
don, Connecticut, died May 11, 1844, at Le 
Roy. New York. 2. Frances White, born 
September 20. 1825, died July, 1828. 3. James 
Thomas, born December 3, 1827, died June 12, 
1871 : married Julia Starbuck, April 26, i860, 
and had one daughter. May Evelyn, born 
.April 27, 1868. 4. Frances Wright, born Jan- 
uary 31, 1830; married (first) Walter Smiji- 



son, October 13, 1852; (second) David Link, 
February 22, 1895. 5. Etzler, born September 
20. 1832, died May 25, 1842. 6. Caleb Win- 
slow, born November 10, 1834; married, 
Grace Boynton, June 10, 1869 : children : Flor- 
ence S., born April 3. 1873, and Robert Clin- 
ton, born May 18. 1875. 7. CHnton E.. born 
December 6, 1838, died May 4, 1845. 8. Wil- 
liam B., born November 28, 1840, died Janu- 
ary 26, 1892. 9. Grace Greenwood, born 
August 25, 1849; married Herbert Bellows 
Millard, May 18, 1870; children: Maud Lovell, 
born September 2, 1871 ; Bertha Grace, born 
August 2, 1884; Herbert Palmer, born Feb- 
ruary 2, 1886. 



The family of Millard came 
MILLARD originally from the county of 

Southampton. England, wliere 
they possessed considerable estates now in the 
occupation of John Millard, of that county. 
The name first appears in .American colonial 
records in 1654 when lands in Massachusetts, 
and afterwards in New Hampshire, were 
granted to Luke IMillard. In 1670 John Mil- 
lard had a grant of land from William Penn 
in Pennsylvania, and another brother had 
lands in Virginia. John Millard, of South- 
ampton, England, was admitted a freeman of 
Newport, Rhode Island. He married Eliza- 
beth - — ■ ■. He later was of Rehoboth, Mas- 
sachusetts, and had issue. Through intermar- 
riages, the Millards are connected with the old- 
est English, Scotch and Dutch families of the 
United States, notably the Coffins. Folgers and 
Starbucks of Nantucket, and Massachusetts ; 
the Greenes and Brownes of Rhode Island, the 
Akins of Dutchess county. New York, the 
Ten Eyckes of Albany, the Bellows and Goulds 
of New Haven, and many others. 

(II) Robert, son of John Millard, was born 
in 1632. died in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 
March 16, 1699. He married, November 24, 
1663, Elizabeth, second child of William Sa- 
bin, the jirogenitor of the Sabins of America. 
William Sabin first apjjears in 1643, at the 
organization of the county of Rehoboth. Ma.s- 
sachusetts. It is not known when or how 
he came to America. He was a Hugxienot, 
and it is believed that after his flight from 
France he found refuge in Wales or the South 
of England. He was a man of wealth and 
culture, and of an exceedingly kind, generous 
nature if one can judge from his gifts to re- 
lieve the wants of those who suffered from 
Indian raids. He was a leader in Plymouth 
public affairs and in the church and schools 
of Rehoboth. His first wife died in 1660. Her 
name is not known. lie married (second) 
Martha, born December 11, 1641. (twin of 



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I^Iary) daughter of James and Anna Allen, 
of j\iedfield. William Sabin died about 1687. 
His will was probated in Boston, July 17, 1687. 
In it he names sixteen of his twenty chil- 
dren. His eldest daughter and second child 
died February 7, 1717; married (first) Robert 
Millard. 

(HI) Nehemiah, son of Robert and Eliza- 
beth (Sabin) Millard, was born in Rehoboth, 
Massachusetts, June 8, 1668. died July 23, 
1751. He married (first) Judith Mason: (sec- 
ond) Phoebe Shore, who died March ir, 1717. 
She bore him three sons, and two daughters. 

(lY) Rev. Robert (2) Millard, fourth child 
of Xehemiah and Phoebe (Shore) Millard, 
was born in Rehoboth, April 2, 1700, at Nine 
Partners, New York, died March 7, 1780. 
He was a minister of the Baptist church, his 
last charge being Pawling. Dutchess county, 
New York, where he continued until a short 
time before his death at the age of eighty 
years. 

He married, March 7, 1726, Hannah, 
born in Bristol, Rhode Island, daughter of 
Eleazer and Elizabeth (Cobb) Eddy, grand- 
daughter of John and Deliverance (Owen) 
Eddy, great-granddaughter of the American 
ancestor, Samuel Eddy, and his wife, Eliza- 
beth. Samuel Eddy was the son of Rev. Wil- 
liam Eddye, vicar of St. Dun^tans, Cranbrook, 
England. 

(V) Jonathan, son of Rev. Robert (2) and 
Hannah (Eddy) Millard, was born at Pawl- 
ing, Dutchess county, New Y^Ork, May 27, 
1748, died 1785. He was of good education 
and in his younger days taught school in Con- 
necticut. He returned to Dutchess county, 
where he established and operated a tannery 
until his death at Nine Partners. He mar- 
ried Mary Akin, born September 24, 1747, 
died July 25, 1795, at Pawling, New York. 
She was of the family of John Akin, born in 
Scotland, 1663, founder of the Akin family in 
America. He was a Quaker and fled from 
Scotland in 1680 to escape the persecution his 
sect had to endure under English rule. He 
settled in Massachusetts, and after seeing four 
of his faith hanged on Boston Common, left 
that colony and went to the New Netherlands 
where the Dutch really allowed religious free- 
dom. David, son of John Akin, settled on 
"Quaker Hill." Pawling, Dutchess comity. 
New York, a locality that has long been the 
headquarters for those of the name. William 
.Akin, of the same family, moved from Quaker 
Hill to Rensselaer county. New York, where 
he purchased (with two others) a square mile 
of land from the Van Rensselaers, upon which 
in 1810 he founded the village of Greenbush, 
now the citv of Rensselaer. He was foremost 



in its upbuilding and has descendants still liv- 
ing there. 

(VI) Timothy, son of Jonathan and Mary 
(Akin) Millard, was born in Pawling. New 
York. He married Charlotte Roswell. who 
died in Ulster county. New York. The Ros- 
well family were of Vandy Hall, Ireland. They 
had issue. 

(VII) John Akin, son of Timothy and 
Charlotte (Roswell) Millard, was born in Del- 
hi, New York, October 10, 18 10, died in Troy, 
New Y'ork, January i, 1869. He was educa- 
ted for the law, and soon after his first mar- 
riage settled in Troy where he rose rapidly 
in his profession and became one of the leaders 
of the Rensselaer county bar. He was an ac- 
tive, public-spirited citizen, but would never 
accept public office, preferring to serve the in- 
terests of his fellows in rther ways. He was 
of fine physique, standing six feet in height 
and weighing two hundred and fifty pounds. 
He married, in Albany, February 6, 1840, 
Frances Mary, born in Rockingham. \^ermont, 
October 19, 1816, died in Troy, New York, 
June 14, 1853, daughter of Roswell and Mar- 
tha (Lovell) Bellows, granddaughter of Colo- 
nel John and Rebecca (Hubbard) Bellows, of 
Walpole, great-granddaughter of Benjamin 
Bellows, founder of Walpole, New Ilamp- 
shire, who died July 10, 1777, aged sixty-five 
years, and his first wife, Abigail (Stearns) 
Bellows, born in Watertown, Massachusetts, 
June 2 or 3, 1708, died November 9, 1757. 
Colonel Benjamin Bellows was the only son 
of Benjamin and Dorcas (Cutter) (Millard) 
Bellows, of Concord, Massachusetts, and 
grandson of John and May Wood, the~ pro- 
genitors of the Bellows family of Walpole, 
New Hampshire, the "Boy Emigrant," who 
came from England to America in the "Hope- 
well," April 6, 1635, aged twelve years. Chil- 
dren of John A. and "Frances M. (Bellows) 
Millard: i. Mary Lovell. born February7. 1841, 
married Tyrus C. Dickinson : children : Mary 
Hasting, Herbert Millard, Willis Clayton. 2. 
John Akin, born in Troy, January 13. 1843; 
served during the civil war in the Eighth 
Regiment, New York Artillery ; was comman- 
der and third lieutenant ; served with the .\rmy 
of the Potomac : practiced dentistry in Dinard, 
France; married (first), Sarah Wentworth 
Brown: (second) Mary Crocker Sears. 3. 
Anthony Gould, see forward. 4. Edward 
Walter, see forward. 5. Herbert Bellows, 
born in Troy. May 18, 1849: was of Lansing- 
burg, New York, and Newtown, Massachu- 
setts; married Grace Greenwood, daughter of 
Peter and Naomi Palmer, of Troy ; children : 
Maud Lovell, Bertha Grace, Herbert Palmer. 

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A. and Frances Mary (Bellows) Millard, was 
born in Troy, February 10, 1845, died April 
19, 1902. He was educated in common schools 
of Troy, attended a preparatory school 
(Brookside Institute), Sand Lake, New York 
and graduated from Professor Charlier's 
School, New York City. He engaged with 
John Warr in the grocery business ; in 1880 
he entered the employ of Rathbone, Sand & 
Company of Albany, and continued with them 
twenty-one years. He married, November 6, 
1872. Adelaide Elizabeth Greene. Children: i. 
Elizabeth Virginia, born January 5, 1876. 2. 
Chauncey Stuart, born June 8, 1879; grad- 
uate of Troy Academy : superintendent of rail- 
road signal department of the Federal Signal 
Company ; residence. Troy : married Pearl 
Holt, of Oneida, New York, daughter of John 
and Margaret (Boylan) Holt, July 22, 1908. 
3. Leonie Adelaide, born May 4, 1884. 

(VHI) Edward Walter, son of John A. and 
Frances Mary (Bellows) Millard, was born 
in Troy, New York, June i, 1847. He re- 
ceived a good preparatory and academic edu- 
cation in the public schools and at Troy Acad- 
emy. After leaving school he began the study 
of law with his father. Early in the civil war, 
despite his youth, he enlisted in Company B, 
Twenty-first Regiment, New York Cavalry. 
This regiment fought hard with the Army of 
the Potomac and was under the command of 
the gallant Sheridan. Mr. Millard was en- 
gaged in all the battles of his regiment, includ- 
ing F"re(Iericksburg. Winchester and all 
through Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley cam- 
paign, .^t Winchester he was shot in the leg 
and still carries a bullet. He served nearly 
three years, and was mustered out with his 
regiment at the close of the war. After his 
return to Troy, as one of the' firm of Fox- 
hall, Jones & Millard, he engaged in the manu- 
facture of kitchen utensils, continuing for two 
and a half years. He spent the following year 
in Bennington, Vermont, regaining his health 
(badly shattered by his army life). Returning 
to Troy he resumed his former business. In 
1870 he engaged in business in Troy as Fu- 
neral director, in which he still continues 
(1910). He is an attendant at the Fifth 
Avenue Presbyterian Church, and is affiliated 
with the Republican party. After the war he 
enlisted in Battery B, Troy City Artillery, and 
served three years as lieutenant. 

Me married, February 9, 1870, at Troy, Am- 
elia M. Young, born in Troy, August 13, 1847, 
died in that city, January 16, 1909, daughter 
of Dr. Orange R. Young, born in 1816, at 
Williamstown, Massachusetts, died in Troy, 
March 17, 1892. He practiced dentistry in 
Troy until his death. He married Maria M. 



Bardwell, born and died in Troy. Children 
of Edward Walter and Amelia M. (Young) 
Millard, all born in Troy: i. Frances Mary, 
born March 8, 1871, died 1873. 2. Rufus 
Gould, born November 30, 1874; educated in 
the Troy public schools ; is engaged in the 
undertaking business ; married, Mary E. Ber- 
ger. 3. Edward Walter, Jr., born June 21, 
1877, died December 17, 1909; he was an elec- 
trician : a thirty-second degree Mason of the 
Scottish Rite, an Elk and a member of the 
Masonic Club. 

(The Folger Line). 

Closely allied with the Coffin family of Nan- 
tucket Island was the Folger. When the 
first English settlement was effected on the 
island, July 16, 1661, the first great need of 
the colonists was for an interpreter through 
whom they might speak with the Indians who 
peopled the island. So they sent to the island 
of Martha's Vineyard, and offered to give a 
half of one share of their estate to Peter Fol- 
ger if he would come over to Nantucket and 
live with them. John Folger came from Eng- 
land in 1656 and as a surveyor laid out the 
town of Norwich, Suffolk county, Massachu- 
setts. He afterward settled on Nantucket. He 
married Meribah Gibbs and had issue. 

(II) Peter, son of John Folger, was an 
Englishman. He was a teacher to the Indians 
of the Vineyard. He knew how to measure 
and survey lands and laid out the original 
lots on Nantucket. He took up his residence 
on Nantucket, and in 1673 was clerk of writs 
and recorder of the court. There was a great 
deal of dissension and bad feeling in 1675-76 
over the election, which seemed to be a tri- 
umph for the younger men over the older. 
Peter Folger in his letter of complaint to Gov- 
ernor Andros at New York speaks contemptu- 
ously of "our new young chief magistrates," 
whereupon he was put under arrest. He was 
ordered to produce the "Court Booke," but al- 
though he came to the court, answered not to 
the summons as required. Another was chosen 
clerk of the court and an indictment found 
against Peter for contempt of court. He was 
placed under £20 bail and not finding an im- 
mediate bondsman was locked up in a place 
which he describes as "A place where never 
any Englishman was put and where the neigh- 
bors hogs had laved but the night before and 
in a bitter cold frost and deep snow," but 
friends brought him bedding and food. His 
name aj^pears as a witness on the Indian deed 
of Nantucket, "Recorded for Mr. Tristram 
Coffin and Mr. Thomas Macy ye 29th day of 
June, 1671, aforesaid" (Deeds 11 1954, secre- 
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\\'onockmamack and other early official papers 
of the island. Peter Folger was a Baptist 
and helped to Christianize the Indians. When 
the Rev. Thomas Marpen went back to Eng- 
land he left his church in charge of Peter 
Folger. He married Mary Morrell and had 
issue. 

(HI) Elezer, son of Peter Folger, married 
Sarah, daughter of Richard Gardner. She 
died 1729. leaving issue. 

(IV) Peter (2), son of Elezer and Sarah 
(Gardner) Folger, born 1674, married Judith, 
daughter of Stephen Coffin, and granddaugh- 
ter of Tristram Coffin. She survived him and 
married a second and a third husband (see 
Coffin III). 

(V) Daniel, second child of Peter (2) and 
Judith (Coffin) Folger, was born November 
13, 1700. He married Abigail Folger, born 
April 8, 1703. at Nantucket, died there No- 
vember 21. 1787. Daniel Folger was lost at 
sea, October 30, 1744, while going to Martha's 
Vineyard. 

(VI) Daniel (2), son of Daniel (i) and 
Abigail (Folger) Folger, was born March 25, 
1736. He married, 1757, Judith Worth. They 
removed to Dutchess county. New York, 
where Daniel Folger was engaged in farming. 
They were members of the Society of Friends. 

(\TI) Clarinda, second child of Daniel (2) 
and Judith (Worth) Folger, was born at 
Northampton, Dutchess county, New York, 
.August 20, 1762, died May 22, 1804 (or 44), 
at Peru. Clinton county. New York. She 
married, October 23, 1783, Nicholas Barker, 
died in Peru, September 9, 1849. 

fVIII) Phoebe, daughter of Nicholas and 
Clarinda (Folger) Barker, was born in New 
York, March i, 1789. She married at Danby, 
Vermont, William (2) Greene, born at Gro- 
ton. Massachusetts, December 22, 1801, died 
at North Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Decem- 
ber 2, 1862. William Greene was a son of 
William Greene, born in Rhode Island, was 
of Groton, Massachusetts, then removed to 
Randolph, Vermont, afterward to Danby, Ver- 
mont, where he died. He was a stone cutter 
by trade. He married Betsey Hudson, of Mas- 
sachusetts, and had issue. 

(IX) Chauncey O., son of William (2) and 
Phoebe (Barker) Greene, was born in Weeds- 
port. New York, April 2, 1825. He was 
of Watervliet, New York, and for a time 
was in business in Canada. He soon returned 
and located in Troy, New York. He was 
of the firm of Sheldon & Greene, stove manu- 
facturers ; he retired from that firm in 1873, 
to engage in the insurance business, which he 
continued until he died. February 15, 1910. 
He was a Republican in politics and repre- 



sented the third ward in Troy common coun- 
cil. He married in Danby, Vermont, Novem- 
ber 6, 1847, Elizabeth Eggleston, born in 
Danby, May 28, 1828. Now (1910) resident 
of Troy. 

Elizabeth (Eggleston) Greene, wife of 
Chauncey O. Greene, was a daughter of An- 
drus Eggleston, born in Stonington, Connec- 
ticut, November 5, 1785, died at Danby, Ver- 
mont, April 18, i860. He was a school teach- 
er and for many years postmaster of Danby. 
He married, September 5, 181 1, at Dorset, 
Vermont, Nancy Curtis, born at Dorset, No- 
vember 28, 1787, died January 28, i860, 
daughter of Joseph and Delia (Mead) Curtis, 
of Manchester, Vermont. Timothy Mead, 
father of Delia (Mead) Curtis, prior to 1800 
was the owner of about all of the present 
site of iManchester Centre, Vermont. The 
original proprietors in 1780 gave him a grant 
of five hundred acres in consideration of his 
building and maintaining a grist mill in the 
town. Joseph and Delia (Mead) Curtis are 
buried in the old Curtis burying ground at 
East Dorset. Their gravestones read : "Joseph 
Curtis died December 17, 1833, aged 75 years," 
"Delia, wife of Joseph Curtis, died March i, 
1848, aged 81 years, 9 months." Andrus Eg- 
gleston was son of Benedict Eggleston. who 
during the revolution enlisted in the Second 
Connecticut Regiment when he was so young 
and undersized that he put on false heels to 
bring him up to hei.ght and perhaps did some- 
thing similar to bring his age up to the re- 
quirements. He was in receipt of a revolu- 
tionary pension for forty years. Born at IIop- 
kinton, Rhode Island, June 18, 1764, died at 
Dorset, Vermont, December 16, 1859, aged 
ninety-five years. He married, 1785, Con- 
tent Brown, born in Stonington, Connecticut, 
February 21, 1767, died 1808. 

(X) Adalaide Elizabeth, daughter of 
Chauncey O. and Elizabeth (Eggleston) 
Greene, was born in Brockville, Ontario, Can- 
ada. Her parents returned to the United 
States and located in Troy, New York, when 
she was an infant of three months. She 
was educated in Troy and was graduated from 
the Emma Willarrl School (Troy Female 
Seminary), class of 1868. She married. No- 
vember 6. 1872, Anthonv Gould Millard (see 
Millard VIH). Children: Elizabeth Virginia, 
Chauncey Stuart and Leonie .'\dalaide Millard. 

(The Coffin Line). 
The most ancient seat of the name of Coffin 
in England is now called Portledge in the 
county of Devon. The earliest mention of the 
name in any "Visitation of Devon" is in 1620. 
The family has been allied by intermarriages 



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with many of the honorable families of Eng- 
land and even with royalty. Probably the 
most eminent of the name in England was Sir 
William Coffin. Knight in the reign of King 
Henry \'nL Tristram Coffyn, the American 
ancestor, was of the landed gentry, son of 
Peter, and grandson of Nicholas. According 
to his father's will he was to be provided 
for "According to his degree and calling." 
Therefore he must have had a calling or pro- 
fession, although he never in America made 
any pretentions. 

(I) Tristram ("Tristem") Cofifyn, as he al- 
ways signed his name, the founder of the 
family line in America, was born at Buxton, 
a small parish and village near Plymouth, in 
Devonshire. England, in the year 1605. He 
married Dionis Stevens, daughter of Robert 
Stevens, Esq., of Buxton, and in 1642 emigra- 
ted to America with his wife, five small chil- 
dren, his widowed mother and two unmar- 
ried sisters. He lived alternately in Salis- 
bury, Haverhill and Newbury, Massachusetts, 
until 1659, when he went to Nantucket Island 
and arranged for the purchase of the island 
by a company which he organized in Salis- 
bury. The island was then under the juris- 
diction of New York. He returned to Nan- 
tucket with his family in 1660, where he lived 
until his death, October 2, 1681, at his new 
residence on the hill at Northam, near Ca- 
paum pond. Tristram Coffyn was thirty-seven 
years of age upon his removal to America 
and fifty-five when he settled in Nantucket. 
Joan, his mother, died in Boston, May, 1661, 
aged seventy-seven years, "a woman of extra- 
ordinary character." Of his two sisters who 
came to America with him, Eunice married 
William Butler, Mary married Alexander 
Adams. Three of his children, Peter, Tris- 
tram (2), and Elizabeth, were inarried at 
the time of the removal to Nantucket. 

Tristram Coffyn was the leading spirit 
among the early islanders, and the large fam- 
ily interest gave him power to control in a 
great measure the enterprises of the island. 
During the first years he was the richest pro- 
jirietor except his son Peter, who possessed 
a large estate. He was very generous, public- 
sjjirited, and did not seek his own advantage 
in an unreasonable degree. He assisted in de- 
veloping the resources of the island, was 
friendly with the Indians and had great influ- 
ence over them. The first general court for 
Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard was com- 
prised of Tristram Coffyn, first chief magis- 
trate of Nantucket; Thomas Mayhevv, first 
chief magistrate of Martha's Vineyard, and 
two associates from each island. At their 
first session a law prohibiting the sale of in- 



toxicants to the Indians was passed. This 
is probably the first prohibitory law on record. 
His commission as chief magistrate of the isl- 
and bears date of June 29, 1671, and is signed 
by Governor Lovelace of New York. While 
he was reputed to be quite wealthy in goods 
and lands, owning together with his son one- 
fourth of the island of Nantucket and all of 
Tuckernuck island, he did not die rich. He 
made no will, but disposed of much of his 
land while he lived, by deeds, the consideration 
being, "regard and natural affection." Most 
of the remainder of his estate he deeded to his 
two youngest sons, John and Stephen, they to 
take possession after the death of Tristram 
and his wife. To each of his grandchildren 
he gave ten acres upon the island of Tuck- 
ernuck or to such of them "as would plant 
it." He was a man of strict integrity and 
generous kindly nature. He was buried in 
Nantucket, probably upon his own estate. His 
wife survived him and was tenderly cared for 
by her large family of children and grand- 
children. 

Children of Tristram and Dionis (Stevens) 
Coffyn: i. Hon. Peter, born in England; 
lieutenant in King Philip's war ; deputy to 
general court of Plymouth three sessions : re- 
moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, where 
from 1692 to 1714 he was at different times 
associate justice and chief justice of the su- 
preme court of New Hampshire, and member 
of the governor's council ; he married Abigail, 
daughter of Edward and Katherine Starbuck, 
of Dover, New Hampshire, and had ten chil- 
dren. 2. Tristram, born in England : was dea- 
con for twenty years of the First Church of 
Newbury, and filled many positions of trust; 
he was a merchant tailor; he married Mrs. 
Judith (Greenleaf) Somberly, daughter of 
Edward and Sarah Greenleaf, and had ten 
children. 3. Elizabeth, born in England ; mar- 
ried Captain Stephen Greenleaf and had ten 
children. 4. James, born in England ; was 
judge of the probate court and filled several 
of the important offices of Nantucket; this 
branch furnished the families that remained 
loyal to Great Britain ; General John Coffin 
and Admiral Sir Isaac Coffin, two sons of 
General John, afterward held admiral's com- 
missions in the Royal navy ; one of America's 
most illustrious women. Lucretia Mott. was a 
descendant of James Coffin ; he married Mary 
Severance, of Salisbury. Massachusetts, who 
bore him fourteen children, all except two 
grew to maturity and married ; Delx>rah Cof- 
fin, the sixth child and third daughter, born 
on Nantucket, married, October 10, 1695, 
George, son of William P)unkcr. 5. John, 
born in England, died in infancy. 6. De- 



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Lorali, tlie first Coffin born in America, 
died at Haverhill, Massachusetts (the town 
of lier birth) in infancy. 7. Mary, born in 
Haverhill, Massachusetts, February 20, 1645, 
married, at age of seventeen, Nathaniel Star- 
buck : their daughter ^lary was the first white 
child born upon Nantucket Lsland ; Mrs. Mary 
(Coffin) Starbuck was a most extraordinary 
woman, participating in the public gatherings 
and town meetings, where her words were 
listened to with marked respect ; she antici- 
pated the Woman's Rights and Suffragette 
movement by more than two centuries ; she 
was consulted upon all matters of public im- 
portance because her judgment was superior, 
and as the Rev. John Richardson says: "The 
Islanders esteemed her as a judge among 
them, for little of moment was done without 
her:" in town meetings she took an active 
part in debates, usually commencing her re- 
marks with: "My husband thinks" or "My 
Inisband and I, having considered the subject, 
think :" she was possessed of sound judgment, 
clear understanding, an eloquent, easy and 
natural mode of expression: in 1701, at the 
age of fifty-six, she became interested in the 
religious faith of the Society of Friends or 
Quakers, and took the spiritual concern of the 
whole island under her care : she held meet- 
ings at her own house, wrote the quarterly 
■epistles and preached in a most eloquent and 
impressive manner and withal was as noted 
for her good housekeeping as for her ability 
as a preacher : says the same Rev. John Rich- 
ardson : "The order of her house was such in 
all the parts thereof, as I had not seen the 
like before :" she was the mother of ten chil- 
dren. 8. Lieutenant John, born in Haverhill : 
removed to Edgartown. Martha's Mneyard, 
after his father's death : he married Deborah, 
daughter of Joseph and Sarah .Austin : he had 
•eleven children, among them Enoch, who was 
judge of Dukes county, and had ten children, 
all of whom lived to be over seventy years of 
age, six above eighty years and two of them 
-to ninety years. 9. Stephen, see forward. 

(H) Stephen, youngest child of Tristram 
and Dionis (Stevens) CofYyn. was born in 
Kevvbury. Massachusetts, March ro, 1652, died 
November 14. 1734. He remained upon his 
father's estate and was helpful to his parents 
in their old age. He married Mary, daugh- 
ter of George and Jane (Godfrey) Bunker. 
They had ten children. 

(in) Judith, fifth child and second daugh- 
ter of Stephen and Mary (Bunker) Coffin, 
died December 2. 1760. She married (first) 
Peter Folger (see Folger I\') : married (sec- 
■ond) Natlianiel Barnard: married (third) 
'Stephen Wilcox. 



Gillett is the surname from 

GILLETT Guillot, the French diminutive 
for William. The family may 
have come with William the Conqueror into 
England from Gillette, a town in Piedmont, 
France. Gillette, the son of Giles. (Arthur's 
"Dictionary of Family and Christian Names," 
1857, p. 140.) Another authority says Gillet 
(in pronunciation Jillet). The name is sup- 
posed to be derived from Gilleste. a town on 
the borders of France and Piedmont. When 
the "g" is hard, the name is probably a deriva- 
tion of Gillaume, William. (Sower's "Patro- 
nymica Brittanica," i860, p. 128.) According 
to Guppy. in his "Homes of Family Names, 
1890." the name Gillett is now found chiefly 
in Oxfordshire, with a small representation in 
Kent and Somersetshire. In Lincolnshire it 
is found changed to Gilliart and Gillyett. In 
the thirteenth century the name took the 
forms in Cambridgeshire and Huntingdon- 
shire of Gillot, Giilote and Gilot. Gillett. 
French, Gillot, French Huguenot. ("British 
Family Names," Barber, 1894, p. 131.) 

"Burke's General .A.rmory," 1878, p. 400, 
noted the following grants of arms, omitting 
the date except in one instance : Gillet, alias 
Chandler (Ipswich, county Suffolk). .Arms: 
Ermine on a bend engrailed sable, three lucies 
heads erased or, collared with a bar genel gu. 
Crest: A lucy's head erased and erect, gu. 
Gillet, or Gillot (Broadfield, county Norfolk). 
Arms, same as above, lucies, heads or. Crest: 
A lucy's head erased and erect or, collared as 
in arms. Gillett (Halvergate, county Nor- 
folk). Arms: Same. Crest: .A lucy's head 
erased and erect or. collared gu. Motto: 
"Spes mea in Deo." Gillett (Visitation of 
Nottinghamshire. 1614). Arms: Erm on a 
bend sable, three lucies ; heads erased or. 
Crest: A lion ramp., holding in the dexter 
paw a battle axe ppr. The first of these grants 
is probably explained by "A Roll of Arms, 
1673," contributed by .Arthur Schomberg to 
"The Genealogist," new series, 24: 261. On 
this roll appears "Gillett, Phillip, alias Chand- 
ler, of Woodbridge, gent." Arms: Ermine, 
on a bend engrailed three lucies' heads erased, 
collared with a bar gemel. 

Sir John Gyllot, K. B.. is mentioned (looi) 
in "Musgrave's Obituarym," published as vol- 
ume 46, Harleian Society Publications (p. 
109). John Gyllot, Knight of the Bath. 14 
Nov. 1501. mentioned in "Tiie Knights of 
England," by William A. Shaw, i ; 147. 

The will of Sir John Gilliot, "knight and 
alderman of the citie of York," made Decem- 
ber 28, 1509, proved March 4, 1509-10 
(printed in Surtees Society Publications, 79: 
12) mentions three sons, Lawrence, William 



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and Peter; and two daughters, Maude and 
Margaret ; both daughters and Peter are under 
tutors. He had two wives, Katherine and 
"Dame Mawde," who survived him. The sec- 
ond wife, Maude, was a daughter of Sir 
Henry Vavasor, of York (Harleian Society 
Publications. 16:330). 

Peter Gilliott, citizen and merchant of the 
city of York, made his will in July, 1525, men- 
tioning his wife Alicia and daughter Matilda ; 
his brother's children, Robert and Maude, and 
other people not so nearly connected. (As the 
foregoing is published as a footnote to Sir 
John's will, it is to be supposed they were 
father and son. The inference is that Peter 
had no son. The male lines then have been 
continued, if at all, by Lawrence or William, 
one of whom was the father of Robert, alive 
in 1525.) 

Maude Gilliott, daughter and heir of Sir 
John Gilliott, Knight, mayor of the city of 
York, married John Langholme. (Langholme 
pedigree from Visitation of Lincolnshire, pub- 
lished in the "Genealogist," old series, 4: 187.) 
Sir Thomas Gilliott, of York, Knight, 1460, 
who married Martha, daughter of Sir Henry 
Vavasor, of Haselwood, high sheriff of York- 
shire (10 Ed. IV), may have been an ances- 
tor of Sir John, previously mentioned. Sir 
Henry \'avasor died 1460. (Betham's Bar- 
onetage, 1 : 356. This work is not, however, 
responsible for the suggestion of kinship be- 
tween Sir Thomas and Sir John.) 

Catherine, daughter and heiress of Peter 
Gilliot, of Broughton, married Roger, sec- 
ond son of Sir Richard Tempest. Living 
temp. Hen. VH. (Betham's Baronetage, 2: 
346.) In Visitation of Yorkshire, 1584-85, p. 
293, it is stated that Roger Tempest, of 
Broughton, married a daughter of Sir Piers 
Gilliot, whose wife was the daughter and 

heiress of Thorpe. 

Robert Gillett, of Thorp Arch, had a daugh- 
ter Isabel who married Matthew Usher, of 
Featherstone ; their son Robert Usher was 
seventeen years old in 1585. (Yorkshire 
Visitations, 1584-85 and 1612, p. 350.) 

Administration on the estate of Richard Gil- 
lott, of Treston, was granted December 17, 
1656, to his widow Mary (Yorkshire Archjeo- 
logical Asso. Rec, ser. i: 166). 

Thomas Gillott, of Brighton See, parish of 
Bradfield, left a will, dated May 28, 1640, and 
proved in August, 1641. (Same 4) Visi- 
tation Yorkshire, 1653-54. (Harleian Society 
Publications, 16:315) show that Roger Tem- 
pest, above mentioned, and his wife, daughter 
and heiress of Pyers Gyllot, Knight, had 
great-grandchildren then living. (The an- 
nalist quaintly remarks that the jjcdigree docs 



not show whether Roger and his wife were 
in this world or the ne.xt. ) 

"Memoranda relating to the Gillet and Hol- 
combe Families, copied from an old Bible, 
printed 1599." Communicated by W. F. Hol- 
combe, Esq., M.D., to "Miscellanea Genea- 
logica et Heraldica." new scries, 2: 115. 

Records copied from an ancient Bible now 
in the possession of Deacon Anson Cooley. of 
North Granby, Connecticut. He received it 
from his grandmother. Lois Ilolcombe Cooley, 
born July 5, 1748, daughter of Deacon Azariah 
Holcombe, who was born about 1708, son of 
Jonathan Holcombe, born 1678, who was son 
of Nathaniel Holcombe, born in Windsor,. 
Connecticut, November 4, 1648, son of Thom- 
as Holcombe, the Puritan, who died in Poy- 
nonnock, Windsor, Connecticut, September 7, 
1657. Jonathan Holcombe married (second) 
June 22, 172 1, Widow Mary Gillet, who had 
the Gillet Bible from her husband, who re- 
ceived it from his ancestors. 

Page first of Family Records : "June 30th, 
'^7n> Jonathan Holcombe, son of Jonathan 
Holcombe, Departed this Life ages 35 yrs 
seven months and five days." "July 29 Day 
ye year 1737 Jacob Holcombe my son died in 
the 22nd year of his Life aged." Page 2nd> 
"There was a flood in Conn, in the year i66r 
in June." "My father Gillet came into New- 
England the second time in June in the yeare 
1634 and Jonathan his sonne was born about 
halfe a year after he came to land." Page 3rd. 
"(My) father Gillet died in 1677" and that 
"Jonathan Gillet his first maredge Apr. 22,. 
1661, Mary, b. Oct. 18, 1667." "Jonathan b. 
Feb. 18, 1670." "William b. Dec. 4, 1673." "My 
second maredg in Decem. 14, 1676, my sonn 
Thomas born by second wife in May the last 
16, 1678." "Ebenezer born in the year '80' 
Decem 17 his grandmother dyed in May 14, 
'81. Anna born September 18, 1682. 'A ^lan 
of words and not of deeds is like a garden 
full of weeds.' Jonathan born to me by my 
secon wife was born October 10, 1685. Mer- 
riam born in 1688 March 14." The history of 
this branch of the American family is traced 
through eight generations. 

(I) Jonathan Gillet, progenitor of this 
branch of the family, belonged to the com- 
pany of about one hundred and forty Puri- 
tans which was formed in the counties of 
Devonshire, Dorsetshire and Somersetshire, 
England. They sailed with Rev. John War- 
ham and Rev. John Maverick as pastors in the 
"Mary and John," March 20, 1630. and ar- 
rived off Nantasket, May 30 following, settle- 
ment being made at Dorchester. He was made 
a freeman there May 6, 1635, and had vari- 
ous lots of ground granted to him. With the 



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Dorchester church and Rev. Mr. Warham he 
and Nathan removed about 1636 to Windsor, 
Connecticut, where he had a lot granted to 
him near Mr. Warham. He and his wife 
Mary are included in Matthew Granfs church 
list, made thirty-seven years after the settle- 
ment, of twenty-one "members who were so in 
Dorchester and came up with Mr. Warham 
and arc still of us." They were also privi- 
leged, having paid six shillings, to sit in the 
long seats in the church. He gave four shil- 
lings six pence to the fund in aid of suffer- 
ers by the Indian war at Simsbury and 
Springfield, and was one of the committee of 
distribution. He died August 23, 1677, and 
his wife January 5, 1685. Their children 
were: i. Cornelius, born at Dorchester, died 
June 26, 17 — ; married Priscilla Kelsey. 2. 
Jonathan, born at Dorchester; married (first) 
April 23, 1661, JNIary Kelsey, who died April 
18, 1676; married (second) December 14, 
1676, Miriam Dibble, who died April 18, 1687; 
eight children. 3. Mary, married Peter Brown. 
4. Anna, born December 29, 1639; married, 
October 29, 1663, Samuel Filley. 5. Joseph, 
baptized July 25, 1641 ; married, 1664, Eliza- 
beth Hawks. 6. Samuel, born January 22, 
1642. 7. John, born October 5, 1644; married, 
July 8, 1669, Mary Barker. 8. Abigail, bap- 
tized June 28, 1646, died 1648. 9. Jeremiah, 
born February 12, 1647; married, October 15, 
1685, Deborah Bardett. 10. Josiah, see for- 
ward. 

(II) Josiah, son of Jonathan and Mary 
Gillet, was born in Windsor, Connecticut, and 
was baptized July 14, 1650. He died Octo- 
ber 29, 1736. He married, June 30. 1676, 
Joanna Taintor, born April, 1657, daughter of 
Michael Taintor, of Branford, Connecticut. 
She died January 23, 1735. He moved to 
Colchester in 1702, being one of the first set- 
tlers. Children : Josiah, Joanna, Elizabeth, 
Jonathan, Mary, Dorothy, Samuel, Joseph, 
Mindwell, Aaron and Noah. 

(III) General Jonathan, second son of 
Josiah and Joanna (Taintor) Gillet, was born 
in Windsor, Conneticut, June 28, 1685, died in 
Colchester, January 3, 1755. He married, 
January 3, 1717, Sarah Ely, of Lyme, who 
died July 4, 1759. Children: Sarah, Jona- 
than, Mary, Joseph, Nehemiah, Jonah, Aaron 
and Joanna. 

(IV) Aaron, son of General Jonathan and 
Sarah (Ely) Gillet, was born May 23. 1732, 
died June 14, 1786. He served in the revo- 
lutionary war. He married, March 31, 1757, 
Anna Pratt, who died January 22, 1827. Chil- 
dren : Aaron, Anna, Joanna, Mary, Aaron, 
Ely, Russell, Hannah, Solomon, Mercy and 
Anna. 



(V) Ely, son of Aaron and Anna (Pratt) 
Gillet, was born May 14, 1767, died Decem- 
ber II, 1846. He married, April 8, 1790, 
Phebe Hall, born April 24, 1773, died March 
24, 1859. Children: Ely Hall, Phebe and 
Sarah Ann. 

(VI) Ely Hall, son of Ely and Phebe 
(Hall) Gillet, was born October 6, 1794, died 
December 23, 1863. He married, September 
30, 182 1, Mary Williams, daughter of bred- 
eric W. (5), Ebenezer (4), Park (3), Deacoa 
Samuel (2), Robert (i), who was the progen- 
itor of the Williams line, and a prominent 
citizen of Roxbury, Massachusetts, whither 
he came about 1638, probably born in Xor- 
rick, England, who was born December 28, 
1788, died November 10, 1864. They resided 
in Colchester, where their children were born : 
Children: i. William Ely, born June 21, 
1822; married, in Colchester, May 9, 1848, 
Bethiah Backus, born in Lebanon, April 22, 
1829 ; four children. 2. Ezra Hall, born July 
15, 1823, died September 2, 1875; graduated 
at Yale College, 1841, and Union Seminary, 
1844: pastor at Harlem, New York, 1845-70; 
Hamilton College conferred upon him the de- 
gree of D.D., 1864 ; was professor of political 
economy and ethics at University of the City 
of New York, 1870-75 ; a voluminous writer 
and author; married (first) October 15, 1851, 
Maria II. Ripley, who died March 28, 1853 ; 
married (second) June 19, 1854, Mary J. Ken- 
dall, who died September 10, 1881 ; three chil- 
dren. 3. Mary Williams, born December 24, 
1824, died in Hartford, Connecticut, Sei)tem- 
ber 3, 1888; married. May 12, 1846, Hon. 
Henry Alvord, born February 8, 1819, died 
May I, 1877; eight children; he was a mem- 
ber of the Connecticut senate. 4. Emma 
Louisa, born May 9, 1826, died April 29, 1856; 
married, August 10, 1852, Stephen H. Mat- 
thews. 5. John Elbert (see forward). 6. 
Salmon Cone, born June 12, 1830, died in his 
native town, June 5, 1890; he was president 
of the Colchester Savings Bank ; it is due to 
his painstaking genealogical research that the 
Gillette family history from which this record 
is compiled has been so faithfully and accur- 
ately preserved. He married (first) Novem- 
ber 14, 1852, Adelaide Huntington, who died' 
November 19, 1868; married (second) March 
9, 1870, Mary Williard, of Wilton : two chil- 
dren. 7. Jane, bom June 19, 1834: mar- 
ried (first) May 9, i860. Stephen H. Mat- 
thews, born January 18, 1822, died May 14^ 
1875: married (second) April 13, 1880. Darius 
M. Linsley, born July 21, 1820; four chil- 
dren by first husband, who was also the hus- 
band of her sister. Emma Louisa. 

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Ely Hall and Mary (Williams) Gillette, was 
born October 4, 1828. He was a member of 
the New York Assembly. 1880-81. He mar- 
ried, June 19, 1854. Sarah Amanda Westfield. 
Children: Fannie Westfield, born April 3, 
1855, died February 21, 1856: John Westfield 
(see forward) ; Grace Gatzmer, born June 21, 
1865, died September 23, 1868; Ernest Simp- 
son, born September 18, 1873, died August 
•13, 1874. 

(V'HI) John Westfield, eldest son and sec- 
ond child of Hon. John Elbert and Sarah 
Amanda (Westfield) Gillette, was born March 
■9, i860. He married, October 31, 1888, Grace 
Fidelia, daughter of Lyman D. and Helen 
(Field) Tames. Children: Helen Field, born 
December 19, 1889; John Westfield, August 
26, 1892. 

(The James Line). 

(I) Grace Fidelia (James) Gillette de- 
scends through paternal lines from Philip 
James, who came to New England in 1638 
"with wife, four children and two servants, 
from Hingham, England. They settled in 
Hingham, Massachusetts, where Philip "dyed 
soon after." He married Jane : 

(H) Francis, son of Philip James, married 
Elizabeth . 

(HI) Thomas, son of Francis James, mar- 
ried a widow. Patience (Tower) Farrow. 

(IV) John, son of Thomas James, married 
a widow, Deborah (Bates) Stodder. 

(V) John (2), .son of John (i) James, was 
in Captain Christopher Bannister's company, 

■Colonel John Dickman's regiment, and 
marched to Bennington in August, 1777. He 
•engaged in the battles of Stillwater and Sara- 
-toga in the same company, with Colonel Ezra 
May. He married, .April 4, 1765, Lois Beal. 

(VI) Malachi, .son of John (2) and I-ois 
(Beal) James, married Elizabeth Lyman. 

(VII) Enoch, son of Malachi and Eliza- 
'beth (Lyman) James, was a merchant and 

manufacturer of Goshen, Massachusetts. He 
•married Armanilla Dwight. 

(VIII) Henry Lyman, son of Enoch and 
Armanilla (Dwight) James, was a merchant, 
manufacturer, and one of the industrial lead- 
ers of the Connecticut Valley. He was for 
twenty-five years postmaster of Williamsburg, 
Massachusetts. He was an extensive traveler, 
and wrote much for the press under the nom- 

'de-plume of "Peter." He married Maria 
Louise, daughter of Dr. Eldridge Timpson, of 
Hudson, New York. 

(X'lH) Lyman Dwight. son of Enoch and 
Armanilla (Dwight) James, was born in Wil- 
liamsburg, Massachusetts, January 21, 1836, 
-died there May 30, 1902. He was well edu- 
'Cated, and was first a clerk for his brother, 



Henry Lyman James, in the Williamsburg 
store, then a partner, and finally sole owner, 
retiring in 1898. He was a director of the 
First National Bank of Northampton for 
twenty-five years, and at the time of his death 
vice-president ; also trustee of the Nonolusk 
Savings Bank, and trustee of the Northamp- 
ton Insane Asylum, serving until his death. 
A beautiful club house erected on the asylum 
grounds has been constructed by his widow as 
a memorial. He was most kind-hearted, and 
at the age of seventy his warmest friends were 
the young men. He stood the test of close 
acquaintance, and his death was universally 
regretted. He married, September 10, 1857, 
Helen Eliza, daughter of John and Fidelia 
(Nash) Field, and sister of Marshall Field, 
the greatest of merchants and princely philan- 
thropists, and a lineal descendant of Zechariah 
Field, who arrived in Boston from Bristol, 
England in 1629. (For complete Field and 
James genealogy see "Massachusetts Genea- 
logical and Personal Memoirs," by William 
Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams, 
vol. I, pp. 312-319.) Children of Lyman 
Dwight and Helen Eliza (Field) James: 
Henry Dwight, of Haydenville, Massachu- 
setts : Howard, of St. Paul, Minnesota ; Grace 
Fidelia, married John W. Gillette, of Hudson, 
New York (see Gillette Mil) : Philip Lyman, 
of Chicago, Illinois. 



The Ashtons of Saratoga, New 
.\SHTON York, descend from Major 

James Ashton, born in Ireland 
about the year 1728. His wife Elizabeth was 
also of Irish birth and parentage. James had 
a brother, Thomas .Ashton, who with wife, 
Elizabeth, was the first of the Ashtons to settle 
in Washington county. New- York. Thomas 
Ashton came to America in 1769 and settled 
in what is now White Creek, Washington 
county. He cleared a farm from the wilder- 
ness and became a founder and a leader of 
the Methodist church. Both Thomas and 
Elizabeth were noted for their devoted piety 
and exerted a wide influence for good, adding 
greatly to the strength and usefulness of their 
church in Washington county. They died 
without issue. In 1772 James .\shton, wife 
Elizabeth, and children, Rebecca, John, Mar- 
garet, with a relative, Thomas Gee Ashton, 
then seventeen years, left Ireland and came 
to the colonies and settled at Ash Grove, now 
in the town of White Creek, Washington 
county. New York, where he purchased land 
adjoining his brother, Thomas Ashton. who 
had preceeded him by three years. No doubt 
he was influenced by his brother in making 
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the town, was active in town and church and 
warmly espoused the cause of the colonies in 
their struggle for independence. It is related 
that he was a member of the "Vigilance Com- 
mittee" that kept watch over the doings of the 
Tories in their locality and that he was the 
recognized leader, dealing at times quite 
Tiarshly with those who were disposed to side 
•with the King. Needing some information 
that he thought a Tory neighbor could but 
-would not give him, James threatened to hang 
Tiim if he did not reveal the needed facts. The 
Tory was stubborn and neither gave the de- 
sired information nor did he hang, but es- 
caped to the British camp at Stillwater. Soon 
after James Ashton was captured by the In- 
dians who brought him to the British camp in 
a badly battered condition. His Tory neigh- 
tor saw him and successfully interceded with 
General Burgoyne to have him kindly treated. 
This "heaping of coals of fire" upon his head 
caused the sturdy patriot to have a more 
"kindly feeling for Tories ever afterward. Dur- 
ing the progress of the battle of Saratoga he 
was confined in a building near by, but soon 
after the retreat of the British he was re- 
leased and returned home. His service to the 
revolutionary cause must have been valuable, 
as on April 4, 1778. Governor Clinton issued 
him a major's commission: "We reposing es- 
pecial trust and confidence as well in your 
patriotism, conduct and loyalty as in your 
valor and readiness to do us good and faith- 
ful service." "With the advice and consent of 
our said Council of Appointment at Pough- 
keepsie, do appoint and constitute you the said 
James Ashton, First Major of the Regiment 
of Militia in the county of .Albany, whereof 
Lewis \'an Woert, esquire, is Colonel." Passed 
the secretary's office, July 4, 1778, by his ex- 
cellency's command. Abraham B. Banker, sec- 
retary. He probably held a lower rank in 
the volunteer army, although there is no rec- 
ord of rank or service in battle. He was a 
member of the Associate Reformed church, as 
was his wife, two daughters and their hus- 
bands. The meeting house was on the "Old 
Turnpike." near the "Old Graveyard." Major 
Ashton died October 9, 1802, in his seventy- 
third year. 

His wife. Elizabeth Ashton, died Novem- 
ber I, 1809, in her eighty-first year. Chil- 
dren: Rebekah, born in Ireland about 1760, 
died January 6, 1804; married her cousin, 
George Barbar (second wife) : he died June 
14, 1832, in his seventy-ninth year; they left 
numerous descendants : John, of whom fur- 
ther ; Margaret, born in Ireland about 1765, 
died June 14. 1841, aged seventy-six years; 
married William \'an Kirk, from New Jersey, 



born of Dutch parents ; he died September 7, 
1836, aged seventy-five years. 

Thomas Gee Ashton, the relative who came 
from Ireland with Major .Ashton, married 
Amity Pierce, of that vicinity. He died Au- 
gust 2. 1840, in his eighty-eighth year. She 
died August 18, 1830, in her sixty-seventh 
year. They have many descendants. He 
served in the war of the revolution and was 
a pensioner. Thomas Gee Ashton, private in 
the revolutionary war, received "Twenty-one 
Dollars and forty-four cents per annum dur- 
ing his natural life, commencing on the fourth 
of March, 183 1." His revolutionary claim is 
signed, "Lewis Cass." secretary of war. 

(II) John, only son of Major James and 
Elizabeth Ashton, was born in Ireland, July 
8. 1763, died December 8, 1837, on his farm 
in the town of White Creek, Washington 
county. New York. He was nine years of 
age when his parents came to America. His 
after life was spent in agriculture, on the 
White Creek farm, first his father's, later his 
own by inheritance, which contained three 
hundred acres. When a boy he witnessed the 
after scenes of the battle of Saratoga, saw the 
dead buried and said, "They were scattered 
like shocks of wheat in the harvest field." He 
was prosperous, benevolent and charitable, 
giving one-tenth of all his crops to the worthy 
poor of his neighborhood. Of him it was 
written, "He was a man of good judgment 
and sound mind, and for honesty and sincerity 
had no superior." He was a member, with 
his wife and family, of the Associate Re- 
formed church and worshipped at the meeting 
house in Coila. He married Lydia Morford, 
born Monmouth county. New Jersey, died 
February 11, 1841, in her eightieth year. Chil- 
dren : James. John, William, Isaac, Thomas, 
Benjamin, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Sarah. 
There are many descendants of John Ashton. 

(III) Thomas, son of John and Lydia 
(Morford) Ashton. was born in the town of 
White Creek, Washington county. New York, 
in 1794. died in the town of Argyle, same 
county, March 21, 1869. He was a farmer all 
his life, which was lived in Washington 
county, and left an honored name behind him. 
He married Elizabeth Stewart, born 1793, died 
October 9, 1869. They had seven children. 

(I\') David B.. sixth child of Thomas and 
Elizabeth (Stewart) .Ashton, was born in 
Argyle, Washington county, December 9, 1824, 
died at Saratoga Springs, New York, May 
23, 1891. He was well educated in local 
schools and learned the trade of carriage 
maker. He established in business in his na- 
tive town and carried on the manufacture of 
wagons and carriages there for many years, 



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until his retirement from active life several 
years before his death. He was a member of 
the Presbyterian church, and a Republican in 
politics. He married, January 29, 1852, Eliza- 
beth Stewart, born September 12, 1833, at 
Sterling, New York, daughter of George and 
Eva (Kilmer) Stewart. Children: Frances, 
Emma, Lydia Eva, William A., George F., 
Edward B., of whom further. 

(V) Edward B., son of David B. and Ehza- 
beth (Stewart) Ashton, was born in Argyle, 
Washington county, New York, August 7, 
187 1. He was educated at Fort Edward Col- 
legiate Institute and Haley's Business College, 
Fort Edward, New York. He early entered 
active business life and was for a few years 
engaged in the grocery business in Fort Ed- 
wa'rd, later locating at Saratoga Springs. He 
established there in the grain trade and 
founded the business which he now conducts 
under the firm name of the Saratoga Milling 
& Grain Company, of which he is treasurer. 
He has acquired other important interests in 
Saratoga and vicinity. In 1900 he engaged 
in the coal trade and in 1904 organized the 
Saratoga Coal Company, which is a consoli- 
dation of the coal companies of Saratoga. He 
is actively interested in the management of the 
company, holding the offices of president and 
treasurer. In 1906 he organized the Ballston 
Coal Company, of Ballston Spa, New York, 
of which he is treasurer. In that year he ac- 
quired the ownership of the Saratoga Baggage 
& Express Company, of which he is treasurer. 
He is a member of the executive board of the 
Eastern and Central New York Retail Coal 
Merchants Association and is also interested 
in the coal trade at Albany, New York, being 
secretary of the New York & New England 
Coal Company of that city. He is a promi- 
nent member of the Masonic order, holding all 
degrees of lodge, council, chapter and com- 
mandery in the York Rite and is a thirty- 
second degree Mason, member of Oriental 
Temple. A. O. N. M. S. He is also 
affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective 
Order of Elks, Royal Arcanum, Modern 
Woodmen, and the Independent Order of 
Foresters. His club is the Saratoga. He 
married, September, 1895, Harriet Lohnas, of 
Saratoga, daughter of D. L. Lohnas. Child, 
Lohnas, born May 7, 1897. 



Coat-of-arms granted lohn 
WRIGHT Wright in 1590. "Azure, two 

bars argent in chief, a leopard's 
face or ; crest, out of a ducal coronet or, a 
dragon's head and neck pr." The English 
surname Wright is of pure Anglo-Saxon ori- 
gin, and is derived from the old word 



"wyrtha," meaning a workman of any sort. 
In England the name is quite frequent, ancf. 
there were many adventurers of this great 
family who came to America in colonial days- 
and identified the name with American prog- 
ress and improvement. English history says: 
"John Wright, Lord of the Manor of Kelve- 
don. Hatch, county Essex, England, accrued' 
Kelvedon by purchase in 1538." 

(I) John Wright, of Kelvedon Hatch, mar- 
ried Olive . He died October 5, 1551, 

and is buried with his wife in Kelvedon* 
church. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Olive 

Wright, married Joane , of Kelvedon 

Hall. He died October 10, 1563. 

(III) Robert, son of John (2) and Joane 
Wright, was of Brook street, county of Es- 
sex, England. He married Mary, daughter 
of Robert Green, of Naverstock. 

(IV) John (3), of Wrightsbridge, son of 
Robert and Mary (Green) Wright, married 
Abis, daughter and sole heiress of Robert 
Rooke. of Havering, Essex. 

(V) John (4), son of John (3) and Abis 
(Rooke) Wright, of Wrightsbridge, anno* 
1590, in thirty-second year of Queen Eliza- 
beth, gentleman ; married Emfell, or Linsell, 
for first wife. Arms were granted him June 
20. 1590. 

(VI) Nathaniel (Sir Nathan), son of John 
(4) Wright, was a merchant of London, and 
member of Massachusetts Bay colony. He 
married Lydia, daughter and heiress of Ed- 
ward James, of London. A daughter Eliza- 
beth married Sir James Oglethorpe of His 
Majesty's forces ; six children. 

(VII) Samuel, son of Nathaniel (Sir 
Nathan) and Lydia (James) Wright, was of 

London. He married Margaret . They 

emigrated to America with the Winthrop col- 
ony in 1630. and settled in Springfield. Massa- 
chusetts. He was a deacon in the church in 
1639 ; also in Northfield church in 1655. He 
died October 17. 1665. His wife, Margaret, 
died July 25, 1681. They had nine children. 

(VIII) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) and 
Mlargaret Wright, was born in England in 
1629. He was brought to America by his 
parents in 1630, grew up in Springfield. Mas- 
sachusetts, and later was of Northfield. He 
was sergeant and lieutenant in command of 
the militia forces. He was one of the first 
three selectmen of Northfield, and met his 
death in the Indian attack on the town, Sep- 
tember 2, 1675. He married, November 24, 
1653, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Burt. 
They had eight children. 

(iX) Ehenezer, son of Samuel (2) and 
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30, 1663, died 1742. He was one of the 
grantees of Northfield, 1682. He married 
(first) September 26, 1684, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Jedediah Strong, died February 17, 
1691. He married (second) Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Jonathan Hunt, December 19, 1691. 
They had nine children. 

(X) Captain Noah, fifth child of Ebenezer 
and Hannah (Hunt) Wriglit, was born No- 
vember 29. 1699, died June 27. 1775. at North- 
ampton, Massachusetts. He married, Decem- 
"ber 12, 1721, Sarah, daughter of Major Eben- 
ezer and Sarah (King) Pomeroy, born Febru- 
ar}- 12, 1700, died April 3, 1777. They were 
the parents of two children. 

fXI) Captain Caleb, son of Captain Noah 
and Sarah (Pomeroy) Wright, was horn 
April 24, 1722, died February 12, 1780. He 
was a soldier of the revolution. (See "Massa- 
chusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolu- 
tion," p. 919, Vol. X\TI) : "Wright. Caleb, 
New Marlboro ; captain of a company of min- 
ute men. Colonel John Fellows' Third Regi- 
ment : marched April 21, 1775, in response to 
the Alarm of April 19, 1775, to Lexington ; 
service, one month, three days." There is 
also proof of his service at the battle of Ben- 
nington. He was a farmer of New Marl- 
boro, Alassachusetts. He married, Septem- 
ber 6. 1745. Sarah, daughter of Jonathan and 
Mehitable (Stebbins) Strong. He had sons 
and several daughters. 

(XH) Caleb (2), son of Captain Caleb (i) 
and Sarah (Strong) Wright, was born April 
24. 1747. died in Cambridge, New York, Feb- 
ruary, 1787. He was a farmer of Northampton, 
Massachusetts, until 1777, when he removed to 
the town of Cambridge. New York, where he 
■engaged in farming until his death. He 
served in the war of the revolution. See 
Archives of the State of New York in the 
Revolution, Vol. I, Roster of State troops, p. 
522.) "Caleb Wright, sergeant (Colonel 
"Lewis Van Woert's regiment), enlisted for 
short service four times in Van Woert's, 
Doty's. Well's and Gilmore's and Well's com- 
panies, 1 6th regiment of Albany county militia 
from August 13, 1777, to November 30, 1780." 
On page 373 it is found that Van Woert was 
also colonel of Cambridge regiment, that town 
then being in old Albany county. (These 
records of Captain Caleb and his son Caleb 
have been accepted by the Society D. A. R. 
and membership granted under national num- 
ber 37,414.) During the battle of Bennington 
the militia was ordered out : as there was a 
scarcity of ammunition, each man was ordered 
to procure his own as far as possible. Caleb 
removed the weights from the old "grand- 
father's clock," substituting pails of sand, then 



melted and moulded the weights into bullets, 
which he next day fired at the British. The 
old clock is still in the possession of his great- 
grandchildren, a highly prized revolutionary 
relic, and still measures the correct time. 
Caleb Wright married, about 1767, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Josiah Stillman, of Wethersfield, 
Connecticut. She survived him and married 
(second) William Hammond, of Pittstown, 
New York. She died August 4. 1824; no 
issue by her second marriage. Children of 
Caleb and Elizabeth (Stillman) Wright: i. 
Elijah, born in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, 
September 4, 1769, died May 25, 1832 ; mar- 
i-ied (first) Lavina Barber, of Cambridge, 
New York, and had issue. He married (sec- 
ond) Sara, granddaughter of Thomas Adkins 
(2) (a revolutionary soldier) and Mercy 
(Clark) Adkins. also granddaughter of Dea- 
con Robert (a revolutionary soldier) and 
Lydia (Parmalee) Griffing; children: Zalmon, 
Stillman, Lavina, Caleb, Daniel. William, 
Royal, Betsy, Harriet, De Witt, Jolin. Kirk- 
land. Griffin, Prudence, Jane. Elijah. 2. 
Lauchlin, see forward. 3. Elizabeth, born 
March 13, 1772: married, 1790. Joseph Slo- 
cum : children : Elizabeth. Reuben. Rachael, 
Caleb Wright, Azuba, Sarah. Humphrey, 
Annice. Joseph, Elias. 4. Sally, born March 
2, 1774; married Ebenezer Moscley. who died 
September. 1850: children: Alvin, Betsy, 
Sally, Zenia. 5. Caleb, torn March 19, 1776, 
died December 30, 1838; married (first) 
Eunice Sprague, of Greenwich, New York, 
died May 20. 1812, who bore him five chil- 
dren: married (second) Mary Hanks, who 
died January, 1862; children: David, John 
Franklin, Sophia, Anne, infant daughter; by 
second marriage: Benjamin, Morgan, Leroy, 
Eunice, Mary. 6. Rachael, born April 26, 
1779 ; married Increase Moseley, of Hoosick, 
New York ; children : Pardon, Betsy, Mary, 
Lucina, Rachael, Sally, Esther. Alvina, Polly, 
Stillman. 7. Josiah, born November 17. 1780, 
died June 22, 1835 ; married Freelove Wood- 
worth, of White Creek, New York : children : 
William, Maria, Eliza. Josiah, Freelove. John, 
Roxanna, Solomon Warner, M.D. 8. John 
Stillman, horn March lo. 1782. died October 5, 
1849: married .A.senath Arnold, born August 
20. 1785, of Hoosick, New York; children: 
Emily, Elizabeth. Mary. Flavona, Mordan. 
Victor Moreau, Wellington, Mary Eliza, Sarah 
Asenath. 

(Xni) Lauchlin. second .son of Caleb (2) 
and Elizabeth (Stillman) Wright, was born 
in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, December 5. 
1770, died January 9, 1854. He was a farmer 
of U'ashington county, New York, where the 
familv are mentioned as "old and earlv" set- 



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tiers of the town of Cambridge. They were 
closely allied to the Wells family, descendants 
of one of the original patentees, Edward 
Wells, of Worcester, England. He married 
Roxanna, died July 14, 1855, daughter of 
David and Rachael (Griffing) Parks, grand- 
daughter of Robert and Rhoda (Parmele) 
Griffing, and also granddaughter of Nathaniel 

and (Clark) Park. (David added the 

"s" to the name.) David Parks enlisted in 
Amos Staunton's company, December 23, 
1777, was transferred to S. B. Webb's regi- 
ment. May I. 1780, discharged December 23, 
1780. He was borne on the rolls of revolu- 
tionary pensioners. Both Nathaniel and David 
Parks served in the revolution ; Nathaniel en- 
listed May II, 1776, discharged October 17, 
1776: they served from Connecticut. Robert 
Griffing, while not a combatant, rendered the 
cause good service in bringing in salt and 
food to the army. He was working under' 
the orders and authority of the Connecticut 
governor and council. He was the great- 
great-grandfather of Dr. Wright. Children of 
Lauchlin and Roxanna (Parks) Wright: i. 
David, born February 8, 1794, died March 16, 
1870: married, August 18, 1821, Betsey, 
daughter of Captain Lott Woodworth, of 
White Creek, New York : children : William 
Alfred, Jane Maria, Maurice Lauchlin, who 
served in the civil war. Eighty-fifth Regiment, 
New York Volunteers. 2. Elizabeth, born 
August 14, 1795, died February 3, 1863 ; mar- 
ried. May, 1 82 1, Alden Bennett, settled in 
New Haven, New York, died September 
25, 1854: children: i. Charles W., born Sep- 
tember 25, 1822, killed in the civil war, 1864 ; 
married. May, 1845, Louise Dean ; ii. H. Veil, 
born December 23, 1825 ; died, unmarried, 
September 18, 1874; iii. Alfred Piatt, born 
May 7, 1829, died April 24, 1888; married 
Miranda Covert, in 1855, who survived him 
and married (second) B. Stout, who died May 
30, 1896; iv. Walter Smith, born April 12, 
1832 ; married Blanche Coryelle ; v. Julia Ann, 
born January 14, 1836, died April 14, 1864: 
married Delos Townsend, 1858. 3. James 
Harvey, born July 9, 1798, died in Saugatuck, 
Michigan, September 12, 1873 ; married, Octo- 
ber 3, 1826, Eunice, daughter of Hon. David 
Bradley, of Marcellus, New York. She died 
January 23, 1888; children: i. Edwin Brad- 
ley, born September 17, 1827, died January 
2T, 1879; married (first) June 7, 1863, Lvdia 
M. Pratt, died October 7, 1864; (second) 
Phoebe Maris, October 23, 1865 ; child : Hat- 
tic, an adopted daughter, married, 1876, 

— ' Bird ; ii. James Harvey, born August 

5, 1829: married, April, 1864, Jessie Sm'ith ; 
children : George Edwin, born December 28, 



1865 ; Eugene Harvey, August, 1869 ; Ida',. 
August 3, 1871, died 1888; Simeon, August i, 
1874; iii. Jessie, January 13, 1832, married, 
June 4, 1856, Harvey L. House, who died 
July 7, 1896, lived in Saugatuck, Michigan ; 
children : Dr. Walter B., born June 4, 1857, 
married Florence M. Lacey ; Rev. Herbert E., 
June 12, i860, married Alyrtle Ruggles, of 
Oak Park, Illinois, was missionary to Tien 
Tsin, China, came home in 1897 at the time 
of the great Boxer uprising: Alice L., born 
.•\pril 3, 1862, died June 11, 1889, married 
Fred G. Truscott ; two children ; Jessie M., 
June 15, 1865; Edwin H., May 16, 1875, mar- 
ried. May 23, 1900, Philanda H. Davis, both 
being graduates of Columbia School of Ora- 
tory ; iv. Cordelia, June 10, 1843, died March 
12, 1844. 4. Walter, born July i, 1801, died 
January 30, 1875 : married, September 5, 
1826, Frances Crane, of Marcellus, New 
York, died April 15, 1883; lived in Adrian, 
Michigan ; child : Ann Elizabeth, born April 
I, 1828, died December 30, 1899; married 
Nicholas Van Brunt, died October 20, 1896. 
5. Dr. Albert, born April 14, 1804. died De- 
cember 10, 1874 ; married, June 6, 1832, Jane 
A. Barker; graduated from Vermont Acad' 
emy of Medicine, in 183 1, and located in 
Brooklyn, New York. His wife died Decem- 
ber 21, 1878; child: Annie Southwell (by 
adoption), born October 4, 1834. died May 30, 
1890. 6. Dr. William, born September 24, 
1806, died September 23, 1880; married, No- 
vember 27, 1835, Eliza Ann, daughter of Hon. 
Martin Lee, of Granville, Washington county. 
New York. He graduated from Vermont 
Academy of Medicine in 1833, and practiced 
his profession in Brooklyn, New York : chil- 
dren : i. Helen Mary, born September 13, 
1836, died in infancy; ii. William H. Seward, 
January 17, 1839; married. July 5, 1863. Car- 
rie L. Willets, died November 12, 1901 ; mar- 
ried (second) Anna Hagedorn, and had an 
adopted daughter Bessie ; iii. Cornelia, born 
March 4, 1842. died November 2, 1903 ; iv. 
Martin, July 18, 1844, died in infancy; v. 
Albert James, March 16, 1848; married. Octo- 
ber I, 1879, Lillie Ames. He is a practicing 
dentist in Brooklyn, New York. 7. Morris 
Lauchlin, December 4, 1808, died June 14, 
1884; married, February 22, 1849, Maria E., 
daughter of Captain Samuel Ruste. She died 
November 11, 1866. They lived on the old 
homestead in Cambridge, owned by his father 
and grandfather before him ; children : i. 
Helena Maria, born January 11, 1850: ii. 
Sarali Jane, May 4, 1852 ; married, March 
28, 1893, Edward Payson Cramer, a widower, 
who died July 29, 1903. 8. Julia A., born 
March 28, 1812, died INlarch 6, 1897; married, 




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October 13. 1834, Lemuel Sherman, a farmer 
of Cambridge, New York, born September 6, 
1809, died January 28, 1887; children: i. 
Frances E., born February 23, 1840: married, 
October 4, 1859, James, son of John and 
Nancy (McMurray) McFarland, and had a 
son, Frank Murray; ii. Mary, October 15, 
1841, died June 28, 1899: married, December 
4, 1864, Lieutenant Albert Shiland, a veteran 
of Company I. One Hundred and Twenty- 
third Regiment, New York Volunteers, died 
at his home in Denver, Colorado, leaving chil- 
dren, Fred, Helen C. and Francis ; iii. George 
Lemuel. January 15, 1846; married, December 
28, 1887, Julia A., daughter of Peter and 
Maria (Gilchrist) Wheldon ; iv. Albert, Jan- 
uary 18. 185 1 ; married, December 4, 1872, 
Sophia Dobbin, born June 12, 1851, and had 
a daughter, Gertrude, who married S. F. El- 
lingwood. 9. Sidney Wells, see forward. 

(XIV) Sidney Wells, son of Lauchlin and 
Roxanna (Parks) Wright, was born at Cam- 
bridge. New York, February 14, 1815, died 
February 17, 1882. He was a prominent 
farmer of Washington county, and held sev- 
eral of the county and town ofifices. He was 
a leading member and an elder of the Presby- 
terian church of Cambridge. Politically he 
was a Republican, a great admirer and de- 
voted follower of Horace Greeley, even for- 
saking the regular party candidates and voting 
for Air. Greeley when he was the Democratic 
candidate for President. He married (first) 
September 19, 1837, Jane E., daughter of 
Rupel and Betsey (Wilcox) Brown, who bore 
him one child. He married (second) Maria 
Cramer Savage, born May 26, 1815, died 
March 29, 1876, daughter of Amos and 
j\Iaria (Cramer) Savage. She was a daugh- 
ter of Amos (2) and a granddaughter of 
.^mos (i) Savage, the revolutionary soldier, 
who served as a private, then was promoted 
by the governor and council of Connecticut in 
1779 to be ensign of Second Company of 
alarm list in the Twenty-third Regiment of 
that state. Amos (2) .Savage married (sec- 
ond) Maria, daughter of John Nicklaus and 
Elizabeth (Tippel) Cramer, the latter a daugh- 
ter of Adam and Catherine Tippel. John 
Nicklaus Cramer and Adam Tippel were both 
soldiers of the revolution, serving in Colonel 
Morris Graham's sixth regiment, Dutchess 
county, New York, militia. Children of Sid- 
ney Wells and Maria (Savage) Wright: i. 
Jane B., born April, 1840, died in infancy. 2. 
Jane Maria, born February 22, 1843, died 
I'ebruary 12, 1858. 3. Adeline J., born No- 
vember 6, 1844, flied April 23. 1866: married, 
April 13, 1865, Thomas A., son of Benjamin 
H. Howell, head of the sugar refining house 



of B. H. Howell & Son, of Brooklyn. New 
York. He survived her and married a second 
wife, and died September 19, 1896. Their 
only child died in infancy. 4. Sarah Eliza- 
beth, born October 7, 1846, died March 19,. 
1877; married, October 3, 1868, James E. 
Cady, of Brandon, Vermont, and had a son 
Lucian, born January 15, 1877. 5. Albert 
Maurice, mentioned below. 6. Emma Rox- 
anna, born July i, 1850. 7. Julia Antoinette,. 
October 3, 1852; married, December 28, 1887, 
Calvin, son of George and Josephine (Bow- 
man) Sims. He was born February 7. 1844. 
now a bookkeeper of Troy, New York, and 
has a daughter, Clara W. (by adoption), born 
January 28, 1892. 8. Walter Savage. June 
26, 1854; married, April 28, 1886. Ber'nice, 
daughter of Jonathan and Adaline (McChis- 
tock) Long. She was born September 26, 
1861. He studied law, was admitted to the 
bar and practiced in New York until 1887, 
when he removed to Pasadena, California, 
where he is now one of the prominent lawyers 
of that state. Children : i. Adaline, born Sep- 
tember 25, 1888 ; a graduate of Leland Stan- 
ford University, May, 1910; ii. Howard Wal- 
ter, September 6, 1892; iii. Catherine, May 
16, 1895. 9. Mary Helen, born March 17, 
1856; married, October 10. 1883, Matthew B. 
Hutton, M.D., a graduate of the University of 
Michigan, born August 12, 1854. son of Wil- 
liam and Mary Ann (Blair) Hutton, of Put- 
nam, New York; now (1910) a practicing 
physician of \'alley Falls. New York. ChiK 
dren : i. An infant daughter, deceased ; ii. 
Anna M.. born August 31, 1890. 10. Charles 
Sidney, born August 13, 1861 ; editor and' 
journalist, Saratoga, New York ; married 
(first) May 11, 1887, Clara M. Crocker, died 
September 22, 1893, leaving three children; 
married (second) April 24, 1895, Hannah, 
daughter of James and Carrie L. (Lewis) 
Butterworth, born November 27, 1868; chil- 
dren: i. Mabel C, born Saratoga, New York, 
February 14, 1888; ii. Albert C, January 29, 
1890; iii. Julia Clara, January 28, 1892; 
adopted by her aunt, Mrs. Sims, and name 
changed to Clara Wright Sims ; iv. James But- 
terworth, March ir. 1897; v. Carrie E., De- 
cember 14, 1899; vi. Marion Helen, July i, 
1906. 

(XV) Albert Maurice, son of Sidney Wells 
and Maria Cramer (Savage) Wright,, was 
born at Granville, Washington county. New 
York, Augu.st 26, 1848. He was educated in 
the town schools of Granville and Cambridge, 
completing his studies at Washington .Acad- 
emy, where he was graduated in 1865. In 
1870 he began the study and practice of den- 
tistry with Dr. Zina Cotton, of Cambridge, 




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A'alley mill was burned in 1905. The corpora- 
tion also operated a mill at Hoboken, New 
Jersey, for the manufacture of underwear, and 
for about two years operated the Majestic 
Knitting Mill, at Troy. The company also 
owned and operated the Mohawk River Mill, 
at Cohoes. Mr. Wright is president of the 
Wright Health Underwear Company, and has 
been since its organization ; also a director of 
the Reserve Fund Corporation of New York 
City, a company formed to promote and deal 
in various lines and enterprises. He is a man 
of force and character, and commands the 
respect of his associates. He is a member of 
the Ionic Club of Troy, and other well-known 
organizations. He is a Republican in politics, 
and represented Pownal in the Vermont legis- 
lature. He married, at Pownal, in i860, Mary 
A. Brimmer, born in that town August 16, 
1844, died March 30, 1895. at Luxor, Egypt, 
while on a trip up the river Nile. She was a 
daughter of Green and Angeline Brimmer. 
Children: i. Solomon, graduate of Benning- 
ton high school ; valedictorian ; entered Wil- 
liams College, but failing health prevented his 
graduation. After a few years of travel 
abroad he entered business life as a salesman, 
and is now treasurer of the Wright Health 
Underwear Company, and operates a commis- 
sion house in New York City for the sale of 
the product of his company, the Rob Roy 
Hosiery Company, and other firms. He re- 
sides in Alontclair, New Jersey. He married 
Ida P. Pierce, of Danbury, Connecticut; chil- 
dren: Dorothy P., Mary A., Caroline. 2. Wil- 
kinson De Forest, secretary of the Wright 
Health Underwear Company : resides at Port 
Washington, Long Island, New York. He 
married Emily Welles Higenbotham; children: 
Wilkinson De Forest, Jr., born December 2, 
1902 ; Emily Welles. August 12, 1904 : Janet, 
February 12, 19 10. 3. A daughter who died 
in infancv. 



This is a common name in 
WRIGHT New England, and very diffi- 
cult to trace. The family is a 
prominent one in New York also, and has 
furnished many notable men. In 1844 Silas 
\\'right was governor of the state, and in 
the professions there have been many men of 
prominence bearing the name. 

(I) The .\msterdam family descended from 
Matthew Wright, of Connecticut, who was 
born about 1700-07. He was probably of 
Chatham. Whether he was a relative of Dea- 
con Thomas Wright, of Springfield, Massa- 
chusetts, does not appear. Matthew was of 
Welsh descent. He married Esther Lewis, 
also of Connecticut. They removed to New 



York, settling in Otsego county, near Coopers- 
town, where they are buried. He is said to 
have attained the great age of one hundred 
and three, dying in 1810. She died in 1820, at 
the age of ninety. There were over six sol- 
diers served in the revolution from Connecti- 
cut by the name of Wright, but it is not clear 
that any of the eight sons of Matthew were 
among them, although there are some bearing 
the same Christian name. His children were : 
Daniel : John, see forward ; Earl ; Matthew 
(2): Thomas; Ebenezer ; Sallie ; Esther; 
Hepseber ; Ix>uis and two others. 

(II) John, son of Matthew and Esther 
(Lewis) Wright, was probably born in Otsego 
county. New York. He lived to the age of 
sixty. He was married and left a family. His 
children were: John Y.. see forward; Justus, 
Samuel, Fanny, Ebenezer, Jane, and two who 
died in infancy. 

(III) John Y., son of John Wright, was 
bom near Cooperstown, Otsego county. New 
York, and died in Albany county at about the 
age of seventy-five. He married a descendant 
of one of the early Dutch families of .\lbany 
county, who bore him children : i. Justus, died 
in Albany, New York, shortly after his mar- 
riage. 2. Henry, born in Westerlow, Sche- 
nectady county, where he married Jane Liddle, 
of Schenectady county : they settled in Duanes- 
burg, where they died, leaving children: 
Thomas. John. Robert, Henry and Edward. 
3. Charles, see forward. 4. George, died in 
Rochester, New York. 5. Sylvester, veteran 
of civil war ; now residing in Duanesburg. 6. 
Ann. 7. Eliza. 8. Miranda. 

(I\') Charles, son of John Y. Wright, was 
born in Westerlow, Schenectady county. New 
York, July 26, 1820, died in Amsterdam, July 
26, 1893. When a young man he removed 
to Florida, Montgomery county, where he en- 
gaged in agriculture, his lifelong occupation. 
He married Olive C. Fancber, lx>rn August 19, 
1826, died February 3, 1891. She was born 
on the Fancher homestead, settled by one of 
the early families of the town of Florida. 
She was the daughter of Schuyler and Eunice 
Fancher, whose forbears were pioneers of 
Montgomery county. The children of Charles 
and Olive (Fancher) Wright were: i. Schuy- 
ler F., born January 11, 1842, died July 23, 
1907 ; married (first) Laura Parker, who bore 
him a son, George F., now of Amsterdam ; 
(second) Mrs. Alary (Brumley) Van Home, 
who survived him and resides in .-Xmsterdam. 
2. George, see forward. 3. Richard, August 
25, 1847 : a farmer and resides on the old 
Fancher homestead, where his mother was 
born ; married (first) Annie Parks, of Florida, 
who bore him a daughter, Caroline, now 



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wife of Charles McKinney; (second) Rachel 
Padgett ; they have no issue. 4. Caroline, Oc- 
tober 25, 1853 ; married Jesse May, of English 
birth ; they have no issue. 5. Cora Belle, 1862 ; 
married Cornelius V. Williams ; children : 
Olive, Charles W. (2), Ada and Clifton Wil- 
liams, and two who died in infancy. Their 
daughter Olive is married and resides in 
Cleveland, Ohio. It is worthy of note that 
Charles Wright and his wife Olive had a 
married life of over fifty years, the first death 
in the family being that of Mrs. Wright. 

(V) George, son of Charles and Olive 
(Fancher) Wright, was born on the old 
Fancher homestead, December 31, 1843. He 
was educated in the public schools of the 
town, and made the best possible use of his 
opportunities to obtain an education. Hte 
worked on the farm until he was twenty-two 
and then left home and learned the trade of 
carpenter. He was a natural mechanic and 
became an expert workman. In 1868 he 
settled in Amsterdam, and in a few years be- 
gan contracting. He has been very successful 
and is recognized as one of the leading con- 
tractors and builders of the city. He has 
erected some of the largest business buildings 
in the city, notably the Atlas Knitting Mills, 
the Pioneer Broom Factory, the Central 
Hotel, the Pythian Temple, and others of 
equal prominence, as well as many fine private 
residences. In politics Mr. Wright is a Demo- 
crat, and before the city was incorporated was 
assessor of the village for seven years. He 
is connected with the Presbyterian church, as 
is his wife. He holds fraternal relations with 
Woodbine Lodge, No. 250, Knights of Pyth- 
ias. He married, December, 1869, in Amster- 
dam, Julia O. Hart, born 1849, died September 
3, 1870. He married (second) in Canajo- 
harie. New York, March 25, 1875, Mrs. Mary 
(Ellsworth) Collins, born February 21, 1845, 
near Sharon, New York. She is the daugh- 
ter of John and Jedida (Clum) Ellsworth, 
who died at Fort Plain, New York. John 
Ellsworth was a cousin of Colonel E. E. Ells- 
worth, who was one of the first victims of the 
civil war, shot in Alexandria by the owner 
of the house from which Colonel Ellsworth 
had just torn down a Confederate flag. The 
grandfather of John Ellsworth and of Colonel 
Ellsworth was George Ellsworth, of English 
descent. He was a resident of Half Moon, 
Saratoga county, before the revolution ; when 
Burgoyne invaded the territory he joined the 
continental army, though only fifteen. He was 
at the Itattle of Ikinis Heights and at the 
surrender of Burgoyne. He married Sarah 
Reynolds, who bore him fourteen children, one 
of whom was John, father of Mrs. George 



Wright; another, Ephraim D., father of Colo- 
nel Ellsworth, was a captain in the ordnance 
department during the civil war. He had an- 
other son killed in the war. Colonel Ells- 
worth was born in Malta, Saratoga county. 
New York, April 11, 1837. He went west 
and studied law with President Abraham Lin- 
coln, who was ever afterward his warm friend 
and sincerely mourned his tragic death. He 
was colonel of the First New York Zouaves, 
who instantly avenged his death. By her 
former marriage, Mrs. George Wright has a 
daughter, Emma J. (Collins) Watson, born 
June 8, 1870, wife of A. R. Watson, a flour 
and feed merchant of Amsterdam. They have 
Grace and George W. Watson. Mr. and Mrs. 
George Wright have a daughter, Grace Cora, 
born May 29, 1876; she married Clarence D. 
Dean, a commission merchant of Amsterdam, 
and has a son, Charles D. Dean, born May 
27, 1895. Clarence D. Dean is a son of 
Cliarles D. and Melissa (DeGraff) Dean. 



Henry Wright was born in the 
WRIGHT town of Wright, Schoharie 

county, New York, November 
30, 1833. He was the son of Tunis and Mary 
(Ketchem) Wright. He was the oldest child, 
and was but twelve years old when his mother 
died and the home was broken up. From 
that time forward he was obliged to support 
himself, never receiving a dollar's help from 
anyone. At the age of eighteen, while living 
at Gallupville, he was converted and joined 
the Methodist Episcopal church. Soon after 
he felt that he was called of God to the work 
of the ministry. There was at that time no 
fund in the Methodist church to aid young 
men in obtaining an education, but in 1862, 
after much hard work and rigid economy, he 
graduated with honor from Union College and 
in the same year joined the Troy conference. 
His first appointment was Wcstbush and 
Pleasant Square. Among his parishoners at 
Westbush was Miss Mary Elizabeth Shutts, 
who, on October 11, 1863, became his wife. 
They were married in the little church at 
Westbush on quarterly meeting day by the 
presiding elder. Dr. William Griffin. Many a 
time during the thirty-one years of his married 
life did he congratulate himself on having 
chosen so capable a helpmeet. For, with the 
meager salary of a Methodist preacher and a 
family of five children to be fed, clothed and 
educated, there was need of a wise manager, 
and such Mrs. Wright proved herself to be. 
The rule of the Methodist Episcopal church 
at that time permitted a pastor to serve a 
charge but two years, though the limit was 
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the thirty-two years of his ministry Mr. 
Wright served fifteen different charges, in 
Fulton, Montgomery, Albany, Schoharie, 
Rensselaer. Warren, Washington and Saratoga 
counties, and at Stamford, Vermont. On 
some of them the work was laborious and diffi- 
cult, but every appointment was received as 
from the Lord, and with simple faith and 
lofty courage he performed with untiring 
faithfulness every duty. By his sweetness of 
spirit, gentle courtesy and sterling integrity 
he won the love of many and the respect of 
all. On some of his charges there were large 
revivals, and during every pastorate some were 
added to the church. He loved music, had a 
good voice, and in the absence of chorister or 
choir could lead the congregation in singing. 
He was never at a loss for an appropriate 
hymn, for his memory was well stored with 
the good old hymns of the church. An ardent 
temperance advocate, he sometimes incurred 
the wrath of the rumseller and his friends. He 
believed that religion and politics could be 
mixed without harm to either, and though it 
cost him a struggle to leave the ranks of the 
Republicans, some years before his death he 
became a third party Prohibitionist. A sunny 
disposition enabled him to enjoy to the full the 
simplest pleasures. The care of a garden, his 
horse and a few hens was his usual recreation, 
and an occasional fishing trip his extraordinary 
delight. Nowhere was he happier than in his 
own home. His son and his daughters were 
his greatest earthly treasures. Knowing that 
he could leave them little of material wealth, 
he sought to train them to habits of industry 
and self-reliance, and to give them the be.st 
education his limited means would allow. He 
lived to see his eldest daughter and his son 
graduate with honor from Syracuse Univer- 
sity, and his second daughter from the State 
Normal College at .Albany. These children, 
when they had finished their school days, be- 
gan planning a home for father and mother 
when he should be old and no longer able to 
preach. A lot was bought in Gloversville that 
the mother might be near her relatives and 
the house was in process of building when the 
father was called to the Heavenly Home. 
Never in all his life had he had any protracted 
illness, and he had no experience of the in- 
firmities of age. His hair had become snowy 
white and was indeed "a crown of glory," but 
he was almost in his usual health when in the 
midst of his work God called him home. He 
died December 27, 1894, at Clifton Park, 
Saratoga County, and was buried in Prospect 
Hill cemetery, Gloversville. Children of Rev. 
Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Shutis) Wright: 
I. Mary E., born February 17, 1865; married 



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Howard J. Banker. 2. Joseph A., June 11, 
1868; married, December 25, 1901, Fannie 
Martha Russ ; children: Dorothy, born Jan- 
uary 3, 1903 ; Helen, July, 1905 ; George, July 
17, 1907. 3. Anna C, September 4, 1869. 4. 
•Helen E., September 20. 1871 ; married, Sep- 
tember 3, 1888. Fred W. Pawling; children: 
Harold Ballantine. born February 14, 1896; 
Clarence Wright, June 17, 1898; Helen Bea- 
trice, February, 1906; Hazel M., July, 1908. 
5. Emma Louisa, March i, 1877. 



The progenitor of the Shutts 
SHUTTS family of Gloversville, New 
York, was Silas Shutts, born in 
Canada, October 29, 1807, son of Simon 
Shutts, who emigrated to Canada from Mas- 
sachusetts. Silas Shutts came to the United 
States in 1827, settled in Johnstown. New 
York, and was an expert lumberman. He died 
April 26, 1902. He married Ann Maria 
Smith, born June 25, 181 1, in Fulton county, 
New York, died April i, 1904. Children: i. 
Ophelia, born October 27, 1832 ; married, Sep- 
tember 30, 1851, Miles Ephraim Wheeler; 
children : Ida, Arnold, Hamilton, Dewitt, Ma^. 
2. Emily, born August 27, 1834 ; married, Oc- 
tober 25, 1853, James Holcomb ; children: 
Anabel, Burton James, Carrie M., Edward. 3. 
De Witt, born October 17, 1836, died August 
5, 1862. 4. Mary Elizabeth, born August 7, 
1838: married, October 11, 1863, Rev. Henry 
Wright ; children : Mary E., Joseph .'\., Anna 
C, Helen E., Emma L. 5. Cordelia, born 
March 3, 1840; married, February 8, 1865, 
Dr. John E. Burdick ; both deceased ; no chil- 
dren. 6. Harlan Page, see forward. 7. Wil- 
liam L., born April 25, 1846; married Altana 
Fosmire : children : Howard, a regular in the 
United States army ; and Burton A., married 
Emily D. Philips. 9. Minerva, born February 
16. 1848; married, September 14, 1871, James 
E. Rice, born May 28, 1845. 10. Edward D., 
born May 16, 1850. 11. Ella C, born May 26, 
1852 ; married, February 12, 1879, Charles H. 
Powell, born September 23, 1846; children: 
Roscoe. born November 25, 1879 ; John, born 
May I, 1883. 12. Howard, born April 6, 1855, 
died September 28, 1862. 

(H) Harlan Page, third child of Silas and 
Ann Maria C Smith) Shutts, was born in Ful- 
ton county. New York, October 2, 1841. He 
was educated in the public schools, and after 
completing his studies his father took him to 
the lumber camps with him, where he re- 
mained three years. He then began life on 
his own account. He ol)tained employment on 
the canal, and took the eastern trip as far as 
Albany, and returned west as far as Orrsville, 
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life and took sudden leave. He worked as 
clerk in the general store of William Putnam 
for two years, then returned to Gloversville, 
and entered the employ of Jonathan Ricketts, 
where he learned the trade of glove making. 
Later in life he formed a partnership with 
Denton Smith, and as Shutts & Smith manu- 
factured gloves and mittens until 1875, when 
the firm dissolved. Mr. Shutts then engaged 
in the sewing machine business, which he car- 
ried on with successful results until 1909. 
Since 1885 he has been a partner of E. S. 
Parkhurst & Company, and is also interested 
in western mining lands, the Glen Telephone 
Company, the Gloversville Knitting !\Iill and 
other enterprises of his city. He has been a 
member of the Knights of Pythias for forty- 
two years and is past chancellor and past 
chancellor commander of the local lodge. 
Politically he is a Republican. 

He married, January, 1888, Sarah Elizabeth, 
born November 7, 1845, daughter of Cornelius 
and Sarah Ann ( Gonsaulus) Fonda, aqd grand- 
daughter of Peter Fonda, a descendant of Jil- 
lis Fonda, the gunmaker of Schenectady, the 
^andson of Jillis Douwerse, the founder, of 
Beverwyck as early as 1654. Sarah Ann 
(Gonsaulus) Fonda was born July 20, 1820, 
died January 31, 1893. She married Cornelius 
Fonda, born February 5, 1820. They had 
twelve children: i. Mary Jane, born October 
4, 1840, died August 31, 1879; married, Feb- 
ruary 22, 1858, Benjamin Van Buren. 2. 
Catherine, March 16, 1842; married, Decem- 
ber 29, i860, James Bancroft. 3. Charles Wes- 
ley, December i, 1843, died October 14, 1909. 

4. Sarah Elizabeth, married Harlan P. Shutts. 

5. Henrietta, March 15, 1847; married, Feb- 
ruary 22, 1864, Henry A. Dopp. 6. Gradsir 
(?), April 26, 1849. 7. James M., October 
30, 1851; married Elizabeth Sweet. 8. Har- 
riet, July 29, 1853. 9. William H., March 8, 
1855 : married Jennie Young. 10. Ida F.. 
June 13. 1857, d'S'^1 October 27, 1895 ; married 
a Mr. Nellis. 11. Edwin L., January 21, 
1859; married, September 25, 1890. Jennie 
Wells. 12. Margaret M., April 8, 1862. 



The Stevens family is of Eng- 
STEVENS lish origin and in 1620 were 

living in Cornwall and Berk- 
shire counties, England. Nathaniel Gove 
Stevens, born September 14, 1786. is de- 
scended from a member of this family who 
emigrated to .\mcrica and was one of the first 
settlers in Warwick, Massachusetts. His 
father, also nained Nathaniel Gove Stev- 
ens, was born April 7, 1752; married 
Lois Stowe, of Marlboro, Massachusetts, 
born 1752, died 1813; children as fol- 



lows : Lois, Abel. .Simon, Anna, Nathaniel 
Gove, Jr., Samuel. Besides being a prosper- 
ous farmer, Nathaniel Gove, Jr., successfully 
managed a saw mill and tan yard. He rafted 
lumber down the Connecticut river. In re- 
ligion he was a Unitarian. He married Nancy 
Stoughton. Children : Nathaniel Edwin. Sarah, 
married a Mr. McClenathan, Lois C, Charles, 
Mariah, Timothy Gilbert, Samuel Stoughton. 

(II) Samuel Stoughton, son of Nathaniel 
Gove and Nancy (Stoughton) Stevens, was 
born at Warwick, Franklin county, Massachu- 
setts, August 25, 1829. He acquired his edu- 
cation in the schools of his native village. In 
1848 he went on a raft to South Hadley Falls. 
He journeyed from there to Hartford, Con- 
necticut, and other places, seeking a shop to 
learn the machinists' trade. In Worcester, 
Massachusetts, he engaged with the firm of 
Goddard & Rice, tool makers, and manufactur- 
ers of paper machinery, his only remuneration 
being board and lodging. He remained until 
the expiration of his apprenticeship, when he 
accepted a position with Severance & Tourt- 
lotte. who with others, had established a works 
for building paper machinery, taking the posi- 
tion of foreman. He remained with this firm 
three years in Hartford, Connecticut. From 
there he went to Troy, New York, to set 
up a machine which he had superintended in 
building for A. W. Orr & Company, with 
whom he remained five years. In 1858, in 
connection with the Orrs. he purchased the 
North Hoosick mill, which had been partly 
fitted up for making wrapping paper. He 
completed this mill to make hanging paper, 
and in a short time brought the production 
from one ton per day to that of two tons. 
He remained with the Orrs for about twelve 
years. In 1869, after the death of .Alexander 
Orr and William O. Cunningham, he, with 
George S. Thomjjson, bought out the interest 
of the Orrs and continued the business under 
the firm name of Stevens & Thompson. In 
1874 Stevens & Thompson in connection with 
R. H. Thompson, leased the Walloomsac Pa- 
per Mill, formerly owned and managed by 
Austin and Pratt. .After running this mill for 
a term of six years they purchased the prop- 
erty from Henry Smith, of New York, and 
immediately commenced enlarging the plant. 
This in connection with the North Hoosick 
mill brought the production up to considerable 
over twenty tons per day. 

Mr. .Stevens, assisted by his .son Frank L. 
Stevens, had exclusive charge of the me- 
chanical departments. He had made several 
valuable inventions for which he had secured 
patents. The first, for a continuous process of 
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papers, by which the stock is not handled from 
the time it is put into the duster until it comes 
out on the machine in the form of paper. 
Another is a variable speed device for paper 
machines. His third invention is a centrifugal 
continuous process pulp dryer. In recent 
years he had introduced into this line several 
specialities of paper, the manufacturing of 
which his younger son, Fred N. Stevens, has 
full charge. Samuel S. Stevens married 
Marcia Maria Lamberton, of Ware, Massa- 
chusetts, daughter of Gideon Lamberton, born 
in Ware, 1798, died at the same place in 
1892. He was a prosperous farmer, a Re- 
publican in politics and a member of the Pres- 
byterian church. He married in Ware and 
had three children: i. Alfred, born in Ware, 
died in Oregon, not married. 2. Melzar, died 
in Gilbertville, Massachusetts, married and had 
two children : i. Walter, died at age of twenty- 
four at North Hoosick about 1884; ii. Clara, 
married Fred Barlow and had two children : 
Marian, Stanley. 3. Marcia Maria, born July 
18, 1830. died in North Hoosick, May 17, 
1904. Children of Samuel Stoughton and 
Marcia Maria (Lamberton) Stevens: i. .A.nna 
Maria, married Hiland Carpenter, of North 
Hoosick, New York ; four children : Warwick, 
Harold, Samuel (deceased) ; and Marcia. 2. 
Lois, married .Arthur Bolton Cobden, cashier 
of People's Bank of Lansingburg : one child, 
Allen Stevens, born September 22. 1892. 3. 
Frank Lamberton, see forward. 4. Fred Na- 
thaniel, see forward. 

(HI) Captain Frank Lamberton, eldest son 
of Samuel Stoughton and Marcia Maria 
(Lamberton) Stevens, was born October 28, 
1864. He was educated at the Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute, and early began his ca- 
reer in the paper making industry. He en- 
tered the mills of Stevens & Thompson in 
1884, and continued until the incorporation in 
1903, when he was elected vice-president, an 
office wliich he still holds. He is also vice- 
president of the Walloomsac Paper Company, 
a corporation in which he has been interested 
since 1900, when he purchased in connection 
with his brother, Fred N., the interest former- 
ly held by his father, Samuel Stoughton Ste- 
vens. I'rank L. has always been closely asso- 
ciated with the practical side of paper making, 
and was his father's assistant in the exclusive 
charge of the mechanical department of the 
mills. To a thoroughly practical knowledge 
of paper making he adds executive ability of 
a liigh order, which is recognized by his as.so- 
ciates in the various corporations in which he 
holds official positions. He is president of the 
Noble &- Wood Machine Company, of Hoo- 
sick Falls, New York ; vice-president of The 



Stevens & Thompson Paper Company of Mid- 
dle Falls, New York, and a director of the 
First National Bank, Hoosick Falls, New 
York. He served in the National Guard, 
New York, and during the Spanish-American 
war was captain in the Second Regiment of 
Infantry. He was captain of the Thirty-sec- 
ond Separate Company, New York National 
Guard, with which he had served sixteen 
years. He is a Repul^lican in politics and 
in 1904-05 represented his district in the New 
York State assembly. Mr. Stevens is a mem- 
ber of Van Rensselaer Lodge, No. 400, Free 
and Accepted ]\Iasons, of Hoosick Falls, New 
York; Raymond Chapter, No. 248, Royal 
Arch Masons, of Hoosick Falls, Hoosick Falls 
Lodge, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, 
and exalted ruler (19 10) of that body. He is 
a member of the Hoosicl- Club, the Pafraets 
Dael Club of Troy, and the Army and Navy 
Club of New York. He married, February 
20, 1884. Frederica, daughter of Joseph Carl 
and Katherine (Schaffer) Wallich, of Detroit, 
Michigan. Joseph Carl Wallich was born at 
Trier-on-the-Rhine, Germany, in 1833. He 
learned the trade of cabinetmaker, which then 
included pianos and weaving machinery, the 
latter an important branch. He came to the 
United States in 185 1, locating first at Cleve- 
land, later in Berea, Ohio. During the civil 
war he was selected as carpenter to an engi- 
neering corps, his ability in construction being 
well known to the officer in charge. In 1862 
he settled in Detroit, where he purchased a 
residence, now 405 Cass avenue, then far in 
the country surrounded by woods. He be- 
came a prominent contractor and builder, com- 
pleting several important government contracts 
including the post office and Marine Hospital 
buildings. He was deeply interested in the 
study of anthropology and was deeply versed 
in his favorite study. He was a .source of 
wonder to the professional men with whom he 
conversed. His last words expressed his life 
ambition "Ein guter erieirchterungs sim." (A 
good, well-enlightened perception.) He was 
at different times a member of the Concor- 
dia and Harmonic Singing Societies, and was 
affiliated with Zion Lodge, No. i. Free and 
Accepted Masons. He married, at Berea, 
Ohio, Katherine Schaffer. Children : Charles 
W., of Detroit, Michigan : Claud, superinten- 
dent of fisheries at Yes Bay, Alaska : Fred- 
erica, married Frank L. Stevens: Julia Mi- 
netta. married Fred N. Stevens, of whom fur- 
ther ; Lilly, married Gustav R. Schimmel. of 
Detroit: Wilhimina. of New York City, un- 
married : Julius of Buffalo, New York : Cath- 
erine, married George R. Docniling. of De- 
troit. Mr. Wallich died at Detroit, Michigan, 



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at the age of seventy-three years. The chil- 
dren of Frank L. and Frederica (Wallich) 
Stevens: Lois, born December i8, 1892; Chris- 
tian. June 30, 1897; Samuel Stoughton, Sep- 
tember 2, 1 90 1. 

(HI) Fred Nathaniel, son of Samuel 
Stoughton and Marcia Maria (Lamberton) 
Stevens, was born at North Hoosick, Janu- 
ary 3, 1868. He was educated in the public 
schools of the district and at private schools, 
Peekskill Military Academy, Graylock Insti- 
tute, South Williamstown, Massachusetts, Wil- 
liston Seminary at East Hampton, Massachu- 
setts. Boston Institute of Technology. Boston, 
Massachusetts, one year. He entered the pa- 
per manufacturing business with his father 
in the firm of Stevens & Thompson. In 1900 
he, with his brother, Frank L., bought out 
his father's interest in the Walloomsac Paper 
Company. They successfully operated as a 
firm until 1906, when they incorporated, with 
Fred N. Stevens as secr^etary. The business 
of this corporation is the manufacture of wall 
paper. Mr. Stevens is also secretary of Ste- 
vens & Thompson, Incorporated, manufac- 
turers of wall, filter, manilla, and tissue paper. 
The corporations are well managed and suc- 
cessful and add materially to the prosperity 
of the villages in which their works and of- 
fices are located. Walloomsac and North Hoo- 
sick. Mr. Stevens is a director of the Peo- 
ple's Bank of Hoosick Falls, New York, pres- 
ident of the Hudson Valley Humane Society 
(Hoosick branch), member of the Church of 
Christ (Scientist), member of the board of 
governors of the Floosick Club. In politics 
a Republican and fraternally an "Elk." He 
married, January 27, 1892, Julia Minetta Wal- 
lich, born in Detroit, Michigan, daughter of 
Joseph Carl Wallich, who was born at Trier- 
on-the-Rhine, Germany, 1833. Children: 
Frederick Wallich, born October 12, 1892, 
died February 28, 1901 ; Carl Wallich, born 
June 24. 1894, entered Culver Military Acad- 
emy. Culver, Indiana, for 1910-11; Marcia 
Lamberton. 



(II) Gilbert Timothy Stevens,* 
STEVENS son of Nathaniel Gove (q. v.) 
and Nancy (Stoughton) Stev- 
ens, was born May 23, 1827, at Warwick, 
Massachusetts, died at Walpole, New Hamp- 
shire. November 25, 1897. He was by trade 
a tanner and currier, but gave up his trade 
when a young man to become a farmer. About 
1859 he removed to Walpole, New Hamp- 
shire, where he took iiromiiient part in church 



♦In some branches of tlic family this name appears 
as Timothy Gilbert Stevens. 



and town affairs. He was an active Repub- 
lican, a member of the Christian church. He 
married. November 25, 1853, Elizabeth Ar- 
nold, now living in Walloomsac, New York, 
with her son William N. She is the daughter 
of William Arnold, see forward. Children of 
Mr. and Mrs. Stevens : William Nathaniel, see 
forward ; Josephine Elizabeth, born Walpole, 
New Hampshire, January 14, 1856, died Jan- 
uary 18, 1871. 

(Ill) William Nathaniel, son of Gilbert 
Timothy and Elizabeth (Arnold) Stevens, was 
born in Warwick, Massachusetts, March 4, 
1855. He was educated in Walpole's common 
and high schools. He learned the machinist's 
trade, but left it to become a bookkeeper and 
assistant superintendent for his uncle, Nath- 
aniel Edwin Stevens, at Winchester, New 
York, a farmer and currier, where he re- 
mained four years. In July, 1883, he removed 
to Walloomsac where he accepted a position 
as bookkeeper with the Walloomsac Paper 
Company; he is still with them, having been 
promoted to assistant superintendent. He 
owns and runs a farm of one hundred and 
fifty acres which he bought in 1906. It is his- 
toric ground, being land on which the first 
part of the battle of Bennington was fought, 
where Colonel Baum came to seize stores and 
was reinforced on this land. It is now called 
Hessian Hill. He is in the retail coal busi- 
ness in Walloomsac. He is a Republican, 
active in town affairs, having held the oftice 
of justice of the peace from 1901 to 1910, 
interested in education, having been trustee of 
the school district for several years. He is 
notary public, first appointed under the ad- 
ministration of governor David B. Hill. He 
is a prominent member of the Presbyterian 
church of Hoosick Falls : he was elected elder 
September 20. 1880, has been trustee since 
1902, and has been clerk of the sessions since 
1907. He has been elected several times to 
the Presbytery and by the Presbytery to the 
Synod in 1906, and also by the Presbytery 
to the general session of the Presbyterian 
Church of America in 1907. He has served 
several years as superintendent of the Sab- 
bath school and is a member of the Christian 
Endeavor Society. When the Presbyterian 
church was repaired in 1897-98, he was on 
the building committee and rendered efficient 
service. He is a member of the Masonic 
Order, having been made a Mason at Phile- 
cian Lodge, No. 40, Winchester, New Hamp- 
shire, in 1881, demitting from that lodge in 
1S86 and joining Van Rensselaer Lodge at 
Hoosick Falls, New York. He is a Royal 
Arch Mason of Raymond Chapter. No. 248, 
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chairs including election to the office of high 
priest, an honor he felt impelled to decline. 
He is past worthy patron of Van Rensselaer 
Chapter, No. 161, Order of Eastern Star, of 
Hoosick, having served two years. His social 
■club is the Hoosick of Hoosick Falls. 

William N. Stevens married (first) Jane 
E. W'atkins, by whom he had one son, Wil- 
liam Earl, born in Walpole. 1878. He is 
living in Bellows Falls, Vermont, a machinist 
by trade. He is now engaged in a machinery 
and jobbing repair shop. He married Es- 
tella \\'illington and has three children : Wil- 
liam N. Stevens, married (second) October 
13, 1886. at Hoosick Falls, Katherine Helen, 
daughter of Thomas JNIoses. who was a son 
•of Dr. Salmon Moses. Children of second 
wife: Mary Elizabeth, born September 28, 
1887. died June 21, 1900; Nathaniel Edwin, 
March 4. 1889, died June 29. 1900; John Has- 
well. June 18. 1891. died March 16. 1896; 
Katherine Lois, July 28, 1892, died March 20, 
1906: Ruth, November 30. 1897; Helen Jea- 
nette. November 16. 1900 ; Naomi and Anna, 
twins. March 19, 1903. Naomi died March 
19. 1903. Anna died December 23, 1903. 

William Arnold, grandfather of William N. 
Stevens, was born in Westmoreland, New 
Hampshire. March 29. 1792. He learned the 
machinist's trade, and worked at that busi- 
ness in his younger days. At what time he 
came to Walpole is not known, but at one 
time he worked for Thomas Aloore as a 
hired man on his farm, and married one of 
his daughters, Naomi, October 3, 1822, who 
was born September 14, 1795. After his mar- 
riage he worked at his trade a while in Paw- 
tucket. Rhode Island, where some of his chil- 
dren were born. He returned to Walpole 
and purchased the Robinson tavern stand and 
commenced keeping a public house in 1837. in 
which business he continued till the building 
of the Cheshire railroad, when the tavern 
keeping was relinquished. When he com- 
menced keeping tavern there was a large 
amount of travel over the road that passed 
his house, it being the third New Hampshire 
turnpike. liere. he and his wife did their best 
to please, thereby securing a good share of 
customers, who were sure to be well cared 
for. After he relinquished tavern keeping, 
he turned his attention to farming, which oc- 
cupation he followed till the infirmities of age 
caused him to suspend labor. He died Au- 
gust 27, 1876. Children : Elizabeth, born May 
22. 1823: married (first) Levi Winchester, of 
Westmoreland; one son. Frank L. : married 
(second) Gilbert Timothy Stevens, had two 
children : Mary P., born September 27, 1824, 
married O. FT. P. Watkins, May 14, 1847; 



three children : William, born December 26, 
1826. married Mary S. Stevens, of Warwick, 
Massachusetts, September, 1852 : three chil- 
dren : Sarah Jane, born August 29, 1828, mar- 
ried Henry D. Bacon, and has one daughter, 
Sophia, born July 19, 1834, married Nelson 
Johnson, October 19, 1865 ; two children ; 
Frances N., born March 2, 1836, married 
George A. Sherman. June 13, 1866; no issue. 

John Moses of Plymouth, Massachusetts, 
ancestor of Katherine Helen (Moses) Stev- 
ens, was a shipwright ; he came to New Eng- 
land between 1630 and 1640. He died Octo- 
ber 14, 1683. 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) Moses, 
settled at Windsor, Connecticut, previous to 
1647. He was a soldier of Captain John 
Mason's troop of horse. He married Mary 
Brown, May 18, 1653. He died October 14, 
1683; she died September 14, 1689. Children, 
John, William. Thomas, Mary, Sarah. Nath- 
aniel, Dorcas, Margaret, Timothy, Martha and 
Mindwell. 

(III) John (3). son of John (2) Closes, 
settled in Simsbury, Connecticut, on his fath- 
er's farm near Mount Philip. He married 
Deborah Thrall, July 14, 1680. She belonged 
to the Puritan church, November 10, 1697, 
of forty-three persons. She died May 16, 
1715. Children: John, Deborah, William, 
Thomas, Joshua, Deborah, Caleb (i), Oth- 
niel, Moses, Caleb (2), Mary and Martha. 

(IV) Joshua, son of John (3) Moses, mar- 
ried (first) December 12, 1717, Hannah 
Strickland. She died January 16, 17 18 or 
1719, leaving twins three days old. He mar- 
ried (second) June 28. 1722, Mary Brook. 
He deeded lands in New Hartford in 1744 
and 1745. We find in Norfolk records, deeds 
July 2, 1772, from "Joshua the elder to son 
Joshua." Also be bought lands in Norfolk 
in 1769. He died February 6, 1773, of an 
eating cancer of the mouth, aged about eigh- 
ty-five years. By his will dated September 
18. 1772, he leaves property to "Sons Joshua 
Othniel and John: to daughters Flannah, 
Mary and Rachel." Children: Hannah and 
Mary, twins ; Rachel, Joshua, Othniel and 
John. 

(V) Joshua (2), son of Joshua (i) Moses, 
resided in Norwalk, Connecticut. From Nor- 
walk town records we find that on April 24, 
1769, "Joshua Moses of Simsbury bouglit 
land in Norfolk of Matthew Phelps." Also 
a deed July 2, 1772, from "Joshua the elder 
to son Joshua." In the distribution of the 
estate of Joshua Moses, November 4. 1795, 
Norfolk. Pro. Rec. mention is made of wife 
.Abigail and the reservation of a "shop" to 
Jonathan ; then further distribution is made 



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to Joshua, Thomas, Jonathan, Abigail Pahner 
and Jesse Moses and "heirs of Joshua." Pre- 
vious to this are recorded several deeds No- 
vember 30, 1792, for "love and good will" 
to "son Jesse" "son Thomas," "son Joshua 
Jr.," and September 17, 1794, to Jesse Moses 
from "his honored father." It seems a little 
singular that a son Jonah was left out of 
this distribution as we find in Norfolk records 
this entry: "Jonah Moses, son of Joshua 
Moses and Abigail, his wife, born October 
25, 1777." In the history of the Terry fam- 
ily, we learn that Abigail Terry, born Janu- 
ary 18, 1740, married Joshua Moses, of Nor- 
folk. 

(VI) Thomas, son of Joshua (2) Moses, 
was born July 19, 1768, died September 24, 
185 1. He spent his life on his father's old 
homestead at Norfolk, Connecticut. He mar- 
ried (first) November 24. 1791. Abigail 
Brown, born August 17, 1769, died February 
16, 1823. He married (second) November 
II, 1839. Caroline Brown. Children: Sal- 
mon, Thomas, Jr., Ralph, Benjamin, Hiram, 
Betsy, Julia, Eunice, Abigail, Ruth. 

(VII) Dr. Salmon, son of Thomas and 
Abigail (Brown) Moses, was educated at 
Hamilton (New York) College, and had a 
large practice as a physician at Hoosick Falls, 
New York. An interesting letter from him 
is published in the History of Norfolk, Con- 
necticut. He was a zealous churchman, read- 
ing service for several years in the school 
house, until funds were provided to build 
the present St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 
Hoosick Falls. He married, February 18, 
1823, Sarah Haswell. Children : Robert Has- 
well, Harriet Haswell, Sarah Julia. Thomas 
Salmon, Elizabeth Tweedale, Cynthia Has- 
well, Mary. Charles Arthur. 

(VIII) Thomas Salmon, son of Dr. Sal- 
mon and Sarah (Haswell) Moses, was born 
June 23, 1828, died April 28, 1902. He re- 
sided at Bennington, Vermont. He married 
Mary Ann Whitehead, of Hoosick Falls, New 
York. Children : Jane, Maria, Francis. Wil- 
liam, Catherine H., Thomas, Walter. Martha, 
Harriet, Alice. 



Among the Dukes of Aus- 
ALBRIGHT tria between 976 and 1493 

was Albrecht II, who 
reigned as Margrave of Austria and Duke 
of Bavaria in the year 1139. He died with- 
out posterity. In 1282 Albrecht III, Duke 
of Austria, reigned as Albrecht I. Emperor 
of Roman Germany. He was born in 1248, 
and assassinated in 1308. .'\lbrecht II (The 
Wise) reigned as Duke of Austria, 1330-58. 
He married, and was succeeded by his son, 



Rudolph I\', who was succeeded by Al- 
brecht III (the astrologer), his brother, whcx 
reigned 1365-95. He married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Karl IV, German Roman Em- 
peror, who died in 1373. He married (sec- 
ond) Beatrixe, daughter of Friederich IV^ 
of Nurmberg. He was succeeded by his only 
son, Albrecht IV, who reigned 1395-1404. 
He married Johanna, daughter of Albert,. 
Count of Holland and Duke of Bavaria. Al- 
brecht V succeeded his father, and reigned 
Duke of Austria, 1402. King of Hungary, 
King of Bohemia and German Roman Em- 
peror, as Albrecht II, 1438-39, when he died. 
Six dukes of Austria now reigned until an- 
other Albrecht came to the throne. In 1475 
Albrecht VI, born 1418, died 1463, came to 
the throne and reigned Count of Tyrol and' 
Duke of Austria 1457-63. In 1493 this par- 
ticular title seems to have become extinct 
with Maximillian. the First. It is from this 
line of Austrain dukes that Heinric Albrecht 
descended. The name in America has be- 
come Hendrick Albright, but the family name 
is Albrecht, and the given name Heinrich. 
The family were noble for centuries, and the 
emigrant to America was a man of means 
and education. The family everywhere that 
descend from this ancestor show the effects 
of those centuries of high breeding, and are 
distinguished in their several walks, inclin- 
ing largely to the professions, particularly the 
pulpit and music. In the L^nited States the 
name is a very familiar one, and has been 
given wide prominence by Rev. Jacob Al- 
bright, born near Pottsville, Pennsylvania, of 
German parentage, who became an exhorter 
and noted Methodist minister. He made 
many converts, almost exclusively Germans, 
and in 1800 a separate church was organized, 
Albright being first presiding elder. He was- 
appointed bishop in 1807. His denomination 
is now known as the "Evangelical Associa- 
tion," but in many places its adherents are 
called ".Albrights." 

(I) The American progenitor of the Al- 
bright family of \'oorheesville, .•\lbany coun- 
ty. New York, is Hendrick Albright, borrr 
in .Austria in 1716, and came to America 
in 1740. He was a man of means, as im- 
mediately upon his arrival he purchased four 
hundred acres of the best land in Guilder- 
land. Albany county, now tlie town of New 
Scotland. He married Elizabeth Folent (Po- 
land), and on their Guilderland farm, in 1783, 
he built the original stone house that was 
the family home for several generations, and' 
stood in good repair until destroyed by fire 
in 1894. He was an ardent revolutionist, and' 
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said he ordered his son-in-law, 



Strauss 



(who had joined the British army during the 
revohition), to quit not only the farm and 
neighborhood, but to leave the country. Al- 
though this was after the war had closed, 
Strauss was so impressed with the old man's 
warnings that he removed to Canada, where 
he remained until his death. Part of the 
original purchase of four hundred acres, 
which was divided among the four sons, has 
always remained in the Albright family. His 
wife Elizabeth was of Scotch birth and an- 
cestry. Children : John, baptized August 6, 
1749; married and had issue: Jacob, Hannah, 
Rachel, Elizabeth and Frederic; Eva, bap- 
tized September 29, 175 1 ; Anna, November 
II, 1753; Philip, September 28, 1755, died 
unmarried; Helena. January 15, 1758; Jacob, 
October 11, 1763; Hendrick, October 10, 1765 
married Helen Bratt, and had children, in- 
cluding George W., a prominent attorney of 
Washington, District of Columbia ; Frederick, 
baptized April 10, 1768. 

(H) Jacob, son of Hendrick and Elizabeth 
(Poland) Albright, was born in Guilderland, 
Albany county, New York (now New Scot- 
land), baptized October 11, 1763, died March 
20, 1829. He inherited part of the paternal 
acres, and was engaged in their cultivation 
all his active years. He was a Whig in poli- 
tics, and a member of the Dutch Reformed 
church. He married (first) Hannah Arnold ; 
(second) Elizabeth Wheeler, born and reared 
on the Albright home farm. Children by first 
wife: Elizabeth: John, born in 1786; Henry, 
1788, married Rosa Bradt ; Hannah, 1793. 
Children by second wife: Philip, born 1794, 
died, unmarried, 1834; Mary, 1795; Isaac, see 
forward: Magdaline, 1798, died unmarried; 
Jacob, 1800, died 1896, a farmer of Jordan. 
New York; Peter, 1803, died 1886, leaving 
two married daughters; Eve. 1805, married 
Solomon Wiltse. died in Syracuse, New 
York; Sarah, 1807, died young; Catherine, 
twin of Sarah, died young; Diana, born 1810, 
died 1874; Gideon, twin of Diana; Susan, 
born 1813, married Abraham W'ynkoop; 
Mercy, twin to Susan, died in infancy. 

(HI) Isaac, seventh child of Jacob Al- 
bright, and the third by his second wife, Eliz- 
abeth (Wheeler) Albright, was born in the 
old stone house on the homestead farm in 
New Scotland, Albany county. New York, 
January 11, 1797, died January 20, 1888. He 
was a continuous resident of the original 
homestead farm until his death at the age 
of ninety-two years. He became the owner 
of that portion left to his father, and added 
many improvements. He was a faithful mem- 
ber of the Reformed church of New Salem, 



and never missed a service until a few weeks 
before his death, unless kept away by sick- 
ness or unavoidable detention. He was free 
from the bigotry of his day, called all Chris- 
tians his brethren, and was a friend to all 
those persecuted for conscience sake. He was 
a strong Democrat, as had been his father 
and grandfather. His last vote was cast for 
the same party as his first had been. 
He was prosperous in worldly affairs, 
and gave to each of his sons a good 
farm. He married, September 9, 1820, 
Cicely, born November 4, 1801, died 
December 29, 1885, daughter of Peter Sim- 
mons, an early settler of Clarksville. Chil- 
dren: I. Peter S., born on the homestead 
farm, February 8, 1821, died March 3, 1899; 
he remained on the home farm until eight 
years after liis marriage ; in 1854 he pur- 
chased ninety acres adjoining, which he added 
to the original farm and cultivated until he 
retired from active labor ; he was a Demo- 
crat, and a member of the Reformed church ; 
he was prosperous, and respected ; he mar- 
ried, March 14, 1846, in New Salem, Cath- 
erine Ellen Hallenbeck, torn in Bethlehem, 
May 22, 1828, who survives him and lives 
at the old home with children surrounding 
her to minister to her in her old age. She 
is a daughter of Ephraim G. and Mary 
Magdalene (Bartlett) Hallenbeck, grand- 
daughter of Isaac and Catherine E. (Pro- 
vost) Hallenbeck. a descendant of Caspar 
Jacolise Holenbeck, who was in Beverwyck 
in 1654. died about August, 1703, leaving 
two sons, Isaac and Jan. Children of Peter 
S. and Catherine E. (Hallenbeck) .\lbright : 
i. Mary Magdalene, born May 2, 1848; mar- 
ried Henry Moak, and lives in Elsmere, New 
York ; children : Dr. B. Harris Moak, the 
well-known bacteriologist of Brooklyn, New 
York, married Mary Smedley ; William A. V. 
D. H., of Schenectady, New York, married 
Catherine Whitman ; Marian G., unmarried, 
ii. Sarah M., November 18, 1849; married 
Franklin M. Jones, a merchant of Albany, 
and has a son Carlton F. iii. Isaac S., July 
I, 1852; a farmer on the home estate; married 
Ella McCormick. iv. Emmeline, March 10, 
1858; married S. F. Fowler, whom she sur- 
vives, residing at Altamont ; has a daughter 
Lillian, who is connected with Dudley Obser- 
vatory. V. Rocelia, February 26, i860; mar- 
ried Alvenus Hurst, and has children : Ethlvn 
A., Mabel. Helen M.. Mildred C. Mary Elea- 
nor, vi. George H., February 22, 1862, died 
in Denver, Colorado, 1882. vii. Katherine M., 
March 30, 1864: unmarried; lives at home 
where her rare home-making talents are exer- 
cised for the comfort and happiness of her 



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aged mother, viii. Adelbert. March 17, 1871, 
graduate of Chicago Veterinary College; lo- 
cated in IMishwaukee, Indiana ; married Etta 
Weidman. deceased, ix. Odella, September 
30, 1873 : married David Finch, and has Hilda 
E., Merlin, David Nelson. 2. Jacob, born 
March 28, 1822, see forward. 3. Harriet, 
October, 1824; married James Houck, now 
of Clarksville, New York. 4. Sarah, August 
13, 1826; died, unmarried, aged seventy- 
years. 5. Emmeline. January 8. 1828; mar- 
ried Jolin Ward, whom she survives ; resides 
in Albany, New York; children: Julia, Celia, 
Nathan and Nellie, the latter deceased. 6. 
Mary E., August 2. 1830; married James 
W. Reid, and left a large family. 7. Isaac 
(2), see forward. 

(IV) Jacob, son of Isaac and Cicely (Sim- 
mons) Albright, was born in the old home- 
stead in New Scotland, Albany county, New 
York. March 28, 1822, died 1902. He was 
educated in the public schools, reared a farm- 
er and on arriving at man's estate was given 
the farm by his father on which stood the 
old stone house built in 1783 by his grand- 
father, Hendrick Albright, the founder of the 
family in Albany county. He was the last 
to occupy the old stone house previous to its 
destruction by fire. He was a man of thrift 
and energy, and highly respected in his com- 
munity. He was a Republican in politics, and 
a member of the Methodist church. He mar- 
ried (first) in New Scotland, Eliza E. Reid, 
born in the town in 1825, died 1867. She 
was a daughter of an early Scotch settler of 
Scotch parentage. She was also a member 
of the Methodist church, and reared her chil- 
dren in that faith. Children; i. Cicely, mar- 
ried James Beebe, a farmer of New Scot- 
land, whom she survives ; child, Irene, mar- 
ried John Weidman ; children : Maud and 
Kenneth. 2. Mary, married Abraham Koons, a 
farmer of the town ; children : Emma, Ros- 
etta, Jacob, George, Alice and Roy. 3. Emma, 
married William Relyea, a farmer of New 
Scotland ; child, Ada, married Frank Oster- 
hout; children: Myra, Willard and Mildred. 
4. Catherine, married Lyman Bell: children: 
Jennie. Frederick, deceaserl ; Catherine, mar- 
ried James Harkey. 5. Isaac, graduated M.D. 
Albany Medical College, class of 1884, and 
is now practicing his profession in Chicago, 
Illinois. 6. James, a farmer of South Da- 
kota ; married Belle Furgeson ; children, 
Alice, Ralph, John. 7. Harriet, married John 
V. Wynkoop. born February 6, 1855, son of 
Abraham and Susanna (.Mbright) Wynkoop, 
and grandson of Joshua Wynkoop. a revolu- 
tionary soldier; he is a farmer of New .Scot- 
land; children: i. Newton .\., born January 



4, 1876, died 1899; married Bertha Knee- 
holts, of Albany; ii. Edna B., September 15, 
1878 ; unmarried ; iii. Margaret Van O'Linda, 
February 16, 1883, married Conrad D. Hal- 
lenbeck; iv. Elizabeth Shelp, October 10, 
1894; unmarried. 8. John W.. see forward. 
9. Jacob, born 1861 ; married Ella Koons, of 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, children: Henry. 
Raymond, George and Elsie. 10. Edward, a 
resident of Rutherford, New Jersey ; married 
Elizabeth Hotaling. of New Scotland ; chil- 
dren : Harry, Alice, Esther and Harold. Jacob 
Albright married (second), Amanda O'Brien. 
Children: 11. Ira, now a resident of Iowa, 
married Mildred Winne. 12. Ivy, mar- 
ried George Van Atten, a farmer of the 
town of Bethlehem, Albany county, and has 
a daughter Ruth. 13. Anna, married "Bert" 
Creble, a farmer of Feurabush, New Scot- 
land, and has a daughter Naomi. 

(\') John W., son of Jacob and Eliza E. 
(Reid) Albright, was born on the homestead 
farm in New Scotland, May 8. 1859. He 
was reared on the homestead, which came 
into his possession by purchase in 1908. He 
has brought the property to a high state of 
cultivation, and is considered one of the pros- 
perous and substantial men of his town. He 
is a Republican in politics. He married, in 
Lysander, Onondaga county. New York, Belle 
Bratt, born in that town August 9, 1864, 
daughter of John and Matilda (Wilson) 
Bratt. John Bratt was a carpenter by trade ; 
a member of the Christian church, and a 
Democrat, died in 1900. Mrs. Albright is the 
fourth of their six living children. Children 
of John W. and Belle (Bratt) Albright; i. 
Charles W., born May 14, 1889; served a 
term of enlistment in the United States Navy, 
and made part of the trip around the world 
with the battleship fleet in 1907-08; honor- 
ably discharged at San Francisco, account of 
sickness ; is now a machinist, unmarried. 2. 
Howard B., July 23, 1895. 3. Wesley A., 
-April 9, 1897. 4. Henry Cary, August 23, 
1903. 

(IV) Isaac (2), youngest child of Isaac 
(i) and Cicely (Simmons) Albright, was 
born on the homestead farm in New Scot- 
land, March 29, 1833. Lie has been engaged 
in agriculture all his life, and is now retired, 
living in New Salem village. He is a Re- 
publican in politics. He married Hannah E., 
daughter of Peter A. and Eleanor (Ros- 
seau) Bradt, and maternal granddaughter of 
Frederick Rosseau, of French birth. Chil- 
dren: I. Peter, born October 19, 1858. died, 
June, 1908, unmarried. 2. Jacob, July 17, 
1860: married Frances Gilbert, and resides in 
X'irginia City, Montana. 3. Adam, see for- 



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•ward. 4. Frank, born August 13, 1867 ; now 
a farmer of New Scotland ; married Eunice 
\\'heeler. Children : Mildred, Adelaide, Wal- 
ter \\'., Charles and Irene. 5. Ella, July 18, 
1872; married Charles Livingston, and 
has a daughter Catherine, (see Living- 
ston MI). 6. Edna M.. May 20, 1874; 
a resident of Albany ; unmarried. 7. Isaac R., 
October 21, 1875; connected with the govern- 
ment mail service in Albany ; married Helen 
Taylor ; children : Denton, Robert R. and 
Alice. 

(V) Adam, son of Isaac (2) and Hannah 
E. (Bradt) Albright, was born October 15, 
1862. He was educated in the public schools, 
and developing remarkable musical talent was 
placed under capable instructors, who en- 
couraged him to train and cultivate his voice 
for professional purposes. He placed himself 
under the best vocal instructors, including 
Madam P. H. Shaffer, the famous vocalist, 
of Albany; Madame Edna A. Hall, of Bos- 
ton, and other equally famed teachers. He 
worked hard to master his profession, and 
has gained fame. He sang in Trinity Church, 
Buftalo, and completely filled that great aud- 
ience room. He is also an accomplished in- 
strumentalist, and has charge of the auditing 
in the large Florida hotels during the winter 
months. He is well known in the musical 
world, and has established reputation both as 
an instructor and performer. He holds an 
important official position with the southern 
hotel syndicate. INIr. Albright is unmarried. 



There is historic propriety in 
GILBERT preserving the memory of the 

services and name of Gilbert, 
as no one is more honorably or intimately con- 
nected with American discoveries and early 
history. It stands conspicuous among such 
names as Raleigh, Drake and Cavendish, to 
whom the Gilberts were joined by lineage. 
The name is Saxon, and is written in the Roll 
of Battle Abbey and in the Book of Domes- 
day. Richard Fitz-Gilbert was a kinsman 
of the Conqueror. Sir Humphrey Gilbert 
devoted his life to geographical discovery, 
principally in North America. He was the 
first Englishman who projected settlements 
in America, in attempting which he lost his 
life. He projected the settlemenb, later per- 
fected by Sir Walter Raleigh. These men 
laid the foundations of the trade and naval 
power of Great Britain. Sir Humphrey was 
also an eminent scientific authority in 
"Computation astronomical and cosmograph- 
ical" and "a man both valiant and experienced 
in martial affairs." In 1758 Queen Elizabeth 
: granted letters patent to Sir Humphrey "to 



discover and take possession of all remote 
and barbarous lands, unoccupied by any 
Christian prince or people." On August 5, 
1582, "he took Seizen of New Foundland 
and the adjacent territories for the Crown of 
England." The Gilberts of New England 
came from Devonshire, England. They set- 
tled in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and 
Maryland, some of the name also going to 
Mrginia. 

(I) John Gilbert was at Dorchester, Mas- 
sachusetts, as early as 1636. About 1640 
four brothers, Jonathan, Thomas, Obadiah, 
and Josiah Gilbert, were living in Connecti- 
cut. Matthew Gilbert, one of the first col- 
onists of New HavSn, was the progenitor 
of the Gilbert families of Hamden. Connec- 
ticut. He is numbered among the first prin- 
cipal settlers of New Haven. He was one 
of the persons chosen in 1639 for the seven 
pillars of the church and one of the first 
magistrates of the colony and deputy-gover- 
nor. He left two sons, Matthew and Samuel. 

(II) Matthew, son of Governor John Gil- 
bert, died in 171 1, leaving a son, Daniel. 

(HI) Daniel, .son of Matthew Gilbert, died 
in 1753. He was a settler in that part of 
New Haven called Hamden. He left five 
sons, Matthew, Solomon, Michael, Caleb and 
John. Michael and John were killed when 
the British troops invaded New Haven, July 
5- I779- John was captain of the Uptown 
militia. He met the Briti.sh troops at the 
head of his company and was killed with five 
of his men. 

(IV) Captain John was the grandfather 
of William and the progenitor of the Albany 
county Gilberts. 

(V) A son of Captain John Gilbert, (record 
wanting). 

(VI) William, grandson of Captain John 
Gilbert, of New Haven. Connecticut, was born 
about 1795. He removed to Albany covinty. 
New York, where he settled in the town of 
Bethlehem. He purchased a tract of land and 
followed the life of a farmer. He served 
in the American army during the war of 
1812. He was a Whig in politics. He mar- 
ried (first) Ora Hart, daughter of one of 
the early families of the town. Children : 
Glazie, Noah, Elkanah, Maria, Laura, Ann, 
Bradley, Alvin and Calvin (twins) ; Prudence 
and William (2). He married (second) 
Charity Barber. Chiklren : Eliza, Rachel 
.'\nn, Toseph and Elisha. 

(VII) William (2). son of William (i) 
and Ora (Hart) Gilbert, was born in Beth- 
lehem, Albany county. New York, April i, 
1823, died September, 1893. He settled on 
a farm in New Scotland which lie cultiva- 



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ted until 1856, then purchased a farm in the 
town of Guilderland, where he resided until 
1865. In the latter year he sold his Guil- 
derland farm and removed to Glenville, Sche- 
nectady county, where he purchased an es- 
tate on which he resided until his death. He 
married, December, 1843. Hannah Houghton, 
born in New Scotland, April 4, 1821. died 
there January 19, 1895, daughter of David 
and Anna (Bryant) Houghton. David 
Houghton was born in Massachusetts, Janu- 
ary 24, 1778, died August 18, 1836. Anna 
Bryant, born February 2, 1777, in Massachu- 
setts, died January 18, 1859, daughter of John 
and Dorcas (Lawrence) Bryant, both of Mas- 
sachusetts, but later of New Scotland. Al- 
bany county, New York, where they settled 
on a farm and died. The Bryants and Hough- 
tons are of the oldest and best New England 
families. Children of David and Anna 
(Bryant) Houghton: i. Mary (Polly), born 
December 4, 1798, died April 11, 1858; mar- 
ried Joseph Phillips. 2. Lucy, born July 4, 
1801. died February 20. 1881 ; married" James 
Hallenbeck : children : Rachel, Katie, Ann, 
Sarah. William, Silas. 3. John, born March 
21, 1803, died December 26. 1859; children: 
John, David, James, Henry, Mary, Kate, Ann 
Margaret. 4. Silas, born November 13, 1804, 
died November 25, 1848: left no issue. 5. 
Eli. born May 21. 1808, died April 16, 1882; 
married Laura Gilbert, sister of William Gil- 
bert : children : William, David, Calvin, 
George, John. Henry, Charles, Hannah, Har- 
riet, Sarah, Calvin and George served in the 
civil war, now deceased. 6. Catherine, born 
September 25, 181 1, died March 13, 1883; 
married James Patrick ; children : Robert, 
James, George, Anna, Mary, Clarissa, Char- 
lotte, Lydia, Jennie; Mary, married Alexander 
Lloyd, she is deceased, but he is living at the 
present time (1910) aged nearly ninety years; 
children: Brigadier-General James H. Lloyd, 
of Troy, New York, proiriinent in state mili- 
tia, assistant chief of Troy fire department, 
thirty-third degree Mason and flag bearer; 
William, deceased ; Emma and Alexander. 7. 
Smith, born September 14, 18 14. died at 
age of eighty-five years; married Catherine 
Wetherwax ; children : James, Eli. David, 
Daniel, Andrew, William. Jane Ann. Sarah. 
Dorcas. 8. Sarah (Sally), born November 
I, 1816, died February 18, 1876; married 
John Hart; children: David; Eli, veteran of 
civil war ; Alexander, veteran of civil war ; all 
living; Margaret, deceased, and Mary. 9. 
Hannah, born April 4, 1821 ; married William 
Gilbert; child. Henry S. 10. Jane Ann. born 
October 7, 1823, died March 3, 1883; mar- 
ried Henry Retallick ; no issue ; by first mar- 



riage to Kate Ann Houghton, Henry Retal- 
lick had children : Maria, Martha, Henry. 
Hannah, aforementioned as the wife of Wil- 
liam (2) Gilbert, was the last survivor of the 
Houghton children. 

(Vni) Henry Smith, only son and child 
of William (2) ancl Hannah (Houghton) 
Gilbert, was born near the village of New 
Salem, town of New Scotland, Albany county, 
New York, March 5. 1846. He was educated 
in the public schools and rapidly developed 
a strong, robust physique. His early interest 
in political life was shown when at the semi- 
centennial of old Fremont political veteran's 
reunion at Saratoga, New York, in 1906, 
he was an invited guest, and won a badge 
made especially for the occasion. Among his 
treasures is the badge that was worn on that 
occasion. He remained with his father until 
the latter's death. He inherited the home- 
stead in Glenville which he sold in spring of 
1874, and purchased his present one hundred 
acre estate at Fullers, to which he removed 
in 1875. His specialties are fine horses and 
cows and dairy farming. In 1889-90 he en- 
gaged in mercantile life at Fullers where he 
was also postmaster, holding the office under 
President Harrison. Not finding merchan- 
dising a congenial business, he disposed of 
his store interest and returned to his farm. 
He has been actively engaged in the sale of 
agricultural machinery for many years, and 
is director, stockholder and vice-president of 
the Altamont Driving Park and Fair Asso- 
ciation, also a prominent exhibitor. From 
the days of the organization of the Repub- 
lican party he has retained the liveliest inter- 
est in political life. To his early education 
he has added from wide experience and well- 
chosen reading, and has risen to the front 
rank as a leader in his town party. He is 
a pleasing, forceful speaker, and at county and' 
state conventions is often heard. He im- 
presses his audience with his sound, clear 
reasoning and earnestness. He fights all his 
battles in the open, and is intensely loyal to- 
party mandates as expressed in convention. 
He is one of the Old Guard, but never uses 
the knife to revenge convention defeats. He 
is truly a "lifelong" Republican. He is a 
member and a liberal supporter of the Metho- 
dist church of Guilderland. Mr. Gilbert is 
decidedly temperate in his tastes, never having 
tasted any kind of liquor and smoking but" 
little. He married, January 6, 1867, in Glen- 
ville, Schenectady county, Helen C, Weaver, 
born November 12. 1850, daughter of Ben- 
jamin and Hannah (Closson) Weaver. Chil- 
dren: I. William ^^'., born January 14, 1868, 
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feed and produce commission business at 
Voorheesville, New York ; a Republican in 
politics, member of Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, of Voorheesville ; he married 
Hattie L. Main ; children : Ethel and Flor- 
ence. 2. Burton H., born April 29, 1876, 
educated in the public schools; he is now 
operating his father's farm, and resides at 
home : a Republican in politics, member of 
Blue Lodge, of Masons at Altamont ; he mar- 
ried Floy Brown, born October 31, 1879. 



The Crocker family first ap- 
CROCKER pear in New England at Scit- 
uate and Barnstable, Massa- 
chusetts, where William and John Crocker, 
brothers, resided. They are said to have 
come to America in 1634. William united 
with the church in Scituate, December 25, 
1636. He was of Barnstable in 1639. He 
\vas deputy and a man of importance. He 

married Alice ; children, John, born 

May II, 1637, at Scituate: Elizabeth, bap- 
tized December 22, 1639, at Barnstable, died 
at the age of eighteen ; Samuel, born July 3, 
1642 ; Job, March 9, 1645 • Joseph, Septem- 
l)er 19, 1649; Eleazar, July 21, 1650; Joseph, 
1654- 

(H) Eleazar, son of William and Alice 
Crocker, was born at Barnstable, Massachu- 
setts. He married, April 7, 1681, Ruth, 
daughter of John Chapman, who died April 
8, 1698. Children: Benoni, born May 13, 
1682. died at the age of nineteen ; Bethel, 
September 23, 1683; Nathan, April 27, 1685; 
Daniel, March 23, 1687; Sarah, March 23, 
1688: Theophilus, March 11, 1691 ; Eleazar, 
August 3, 1693; Ruth, twin of Eleazar; Abel, 
June 15, 1695; Rebecca, December 10, 1697. 
Some of this generation settled in Tolland 
county, Connecticut. 

(IV) Eleazar, grandson of Eleazar and 
Ruth (Chapman) Crocker, was born April 10, 
1754, died in Washington county. New York, 
September 10, 1820. He left Connecticut in 
1787 and settled on a large tract of wild land, 
covered with forest, lying in the town of 
White Creek, Washington county. New York. 
This was cleared, improved and cultivated 
during his lifetime. He was one of the or- 
ganizers of the Presbyterian church in the 
town and a Wliig in politics. He married 
Susanna Hinkley, also of Connecticut, born 
November 30, 1755, died June 28, 1836. Chil- 
dren : Eleazar, (also spelled Eleasor) ; Benja- 
min, of whom further ; Colonel Francis : Ro- 
wena, married William Aikin ; Elizabeth. 

(V) Benjamin, son of Eleazar and Susanna 
(Hinkley) Crocker, was born in Willington, 
Tolland countj', Connecticut, July 4, 1788, 



died March 10, 1874. He was an infant in 
arms when his parents migrated to New York 
state, where he was educated and grew to 
manhood. His father gave him a farm con- 
taining between two and three hundred acres 
which he cultivated, being principally a wheat 
grower. He was prosperous and influential 
in his town. For many years he was justice 
of the peace; was supervisor and member of 
the state legislature. He was an elder of 
of the Presbyterian church and actively inter- 
ested in its advancement. He married, June 
13. 181 1, Cyllinda Norton, died March 9. 
1882, aged eighty-nine years, daughter of 
William Norton, of White Creek, an officer 
of the revolutionary war. She traced her de- 
scent to Thomas of Waters, born 1582, died 
1648. The line traces through George (II), 
died 1659; George (III), born 1641 ; George 
(IV); George (V), born March 6, 1697; 
George (VI), born September 12, 1724, 
served in the revolution, wounded at the bat- 
tle of Trenton, New Jersey, 1776, died Feb- 
ruary 15, 1777. William (VII), born April 
13. 1754' also a soldier of the revolution, 
married Lurana Kimberly, widow of a Mr. 
Morehouse. Their daughter, Cyllinda, of the 
eighth generation, married Benjamin Crock- 
er. Children: i. Nathaniel Scudder Prime, 
born May 19, 1814, died October 30, 1889; he 
married (first) January 4, 1837, Sarah Jane 
Day; (second) October 3. 1843, Helen Jea- 
nette Wilder; (third) Elizabeth Norman. 2. 
Mary Wood, of whom further. 3. Benjamin 
P., born July 22, 1817, died January 22, 1896; 
a merchant of Cambridge. Washington coun- 
ty, New York, postmaster for sixteen years, 
an organizer and director of the village bank 
and prominent in the church. He married. 
June 18. 1868. Sarah Josephine Weston, of 
Cohoes, New York, born in New Hampshire. 
4. Rufus King, born August 16. 18 19, died 
November 2, 1891 ; a lawyer and editor and 
member of the New York legislature. He 
married (first) Sarah J. Meyers, October 18, 
1848, he married (second), October 22, 1874, 
Abbie Sherman Taylor. 5. Celinda Ann, born 
April 27, 1822, died March 2, 1894. 6. Har- 
riet !\Iaria, born October 31, 1824: married, 
September 6, 1865, Frederick Julian. 7. 
James Norton, born May 13, 1827. married, 
June 17, 1852, Mary Ann Dillon. 8. William 
Harvey, born April i, 1830, died October 
24, 1831. 

(\T) Mary Wood, daughter of Benjamin 
and Cyllinda (Norton) Crocker, was born in 
the town of White Creek, Washington coun- 
ty. New York, November 24. 1815, died June 
24, 1896. She married. October 18, 1837, 
Nel-son Reid Simpson, born September 17, 



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1806, son of David and Rachel (Reid) Simp- 
son. David Simpson was born October 26, 
1762, Rachel born December 3, 1773. Nelson 
Reid Simpson was a farmer of Washington 
county, an elder of the Presbyterian church 
and a man of high character. Children : 
Hetty Cornelia, of whom further: Mary 
Francis, married Alexander Marshall Sher- 
man ; Annie Harriet, deceased. 

(VH) Hetty Cornelia, daughter of Nelson 
Reid and Mary Wood (Crocker) Simpson, 
married William Stanley Gilbert, born in 
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, January 21, 1841, 
died August 18, 1885 in Cohoes, New York. 
He was a graduate oi Beloit College, Wiscon- 
sin. He served in the civil war in Company 
D, Forty-ninth Regiment, Massachusetts 
Volunteer Infantry. He was one of the "for- 
lorn hope" that made the charge on the Con- 
federate works at Port Hudson that resulted 
only in the loss of many brave men. He 
ranked as sergeant and came through without 
serious injury. After the war he was in busi- 
ness for several years at Cohoes, New York, 
a member of the manufacturing firm of J. 
H. Parsons & Company. He was a Repub- 
lican in politics and served as alderman for 
several terms. He was a member and most 
generous supporter of the Dutch Reformed 
church. He stood high in his community as 
an able business man and exemplary citizen. 
His widow resides in Cambridge, New York. 



"Jeremiah Wood was married 
WOOD unto Dority Benett the 29th 

March 1709," is the first record 
found of the progenitor of the Wood family 
of Hoosick Falls, New York, herein recorded. 
This record is found in Lyme town records. 
Vol. 2, page 354. According to the tomb- 
stone record of Jeremiah Wood he was born 
in May, 1678. "Dorete" Benett was born 
May 16, 1688. While the parentage of Jere- 
miah can be traced no further, we find that 
his wife, Dorothy, was the granddaughter 
of Henry Champion, who was born in Eng- 
land in 161 1. He came to New England and 
was one of the first settlers of Saybrook and 
East Saybrook (Lyme), Connecticut. He 
married and had five children, the eldest of 
whom was "Saraw" (Sarah), born in 1649. 
Herriman, in his "Early Puritan Settlers of 
Connecticut," says: "Few families in the 
Connecticut Colony have been more pros- 
pered than that of Henry Champion." His 
descendants bore an important part in the 
revolution, among them Colonel Henry and 
General Epaphroditus Champion. Henry 
Champion removed to Lyme many years be- 
fore his death at great age, February 17, 



1708. The papers concerning the final set- 
tlement of the estate are on file at the pro- 
bate office, New London, Connecticut. Among 
the heirs who signed a paper declaring them- 
selves satisfied with the distribution of the 
estate, is "Henry Benet." 

Sarah Champion, eldest daughter of 
Henry Champion, married Henry Benett. De- 
cember 9, 1673. He died in 1726, leaving 
three sons, and four married daughters. 
"Dorete," the sixth child and fourth daugh- 
ter, was born May 19, 1688. A "Deed of 
Gift" to his daughter "Dorathy" is found 
among the papers of her husband. 

(I) Jeremiah Wood, the American an- 
cestor, married Dorothy (as the name came 
to be spelled) Benett, March 29, 1709. He 
lived in Stow, Massachusetts, where his first 
four children were born ; the other eight were 
born in Littleton, Massachusetts, which may 
mean that the establishing of the boundaries 
of the town threw his residence in Little- 
ton. The birth of his daughter Luce is re- 
corded in Stow, the birth of the next in Lit- 
tleton, and it seems probable that he remained 
on the same estate from marriage until death. 
He is styled in his account books and papers 
a "Weaver," a "Yeoman" and "Gentleman." 
He was constable, collector, selectman and 
treasurer at different times of the town of 
Littleton. He was a member and supporter 
of the church at Littleton. He purchased his 
farm from the town, January 13, 1717, a 
part being still in possession of his descend- 
ants. He died July 15, 1730, aged fifty-two 
years, two months and eight days. His wife 
Dorothy was appointed administratrix ; the 
estate inventoried one thousand pounds. Dor- 
othy Wood survived her husband twenty-two 
years and two days. She was left with a 
large family, but she cared for them and im- 
proved the estate left her by her husband. In 
the inventory of her estate is sixteen barrels 
of cider and a gold necklace appraised at 
fourteen pounds. She died July 17, 1752, 
and was buried in the Littleton churchyard 
by the side of her husband where grave- 
stones mark the resting place of five genera- 
tions of their family. Children of Jeremiah 
and Dorothy (Benett) Wood: Sarah. Eliza- 
beth, Joseph, see forward : Luce, Benett, John, 
Jeremiah, Sarah (2), Jonathan, Elephalet. 

(II) Joseph, eldest son of Jeremiah and 
Dorothy (Benett) Wood, was bom in Stow, 
Massachusetts, May 22, 1713. He married 
Grace Whettemore, of Concord, Massachu- 
setts, daughter of Benjamin and Esther 
(Brooks) Whettemore. and sister of Rev. 
Aaron Whettemore, for many years min- 
ister at Suncook, (now Pembrooke) New 



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Hampshire. He first settled at Littleton 
where his first child was born. In May, 1738, 
Joseph and his wife were dismissed from the 
church at Littleton to the church at Suncook, 
New Hampshire. The births of some of his 
children are recorded at Concord, Massachu- 
setts, and Cambridge records show transfers 
of land. His wife survived him and married 
(second) Ephraim Stow, of Concord, Janu- 
ary 14, 1745, which would place the date of 
Joseph's death between 1741 and 1744. Chil- 
dren: Benjamin, born September 17, 1734; 
Aaron, see forward ; Grace, born in Concord, 
Massachusetts, December i. 1741, married 
William Wheeler, January 18, 1763. 

(HI) Aaron, second son of Joseph and 
Grace (Whettemore) Wood, was born in 
Suncook, New Hampshire, in 1739. He was 
a blacksmith. He settled at Pepperell, Mas- 
sachusetts, upon land bought of Jonas Wheel- 
er, as per record of 1762. He married Re- 
bekah Wheeler ; children : Rebecca, Lucy, 
Halah, Lydia, Grace, Hepzibah. Aaron (2), 
see forward ; Susanna, Benjamin, Joseph, 
Hannah and Sarah. 

(IV) Aaron (2), son of Aaron (i) and 
Rebekah (\\'heeler) Wood, was born at Pep- 
perell,. Massachusetts, May 30, 1776. died at 
Rensselaerville. New York, June 4, 1848. He 
removed to Mason, New Hampshire, where 
he resided many years and engaged in trade 
with marked success. By reason of unwise 
endorsements he lost heavily and returned to 
Massachusetts, for a time, from thence remov- 
ing to Rensselaerville, Albany county. New 
York, where he made wagons and was among 
the first to manufacture the celebrated "Jeth- 
ro Wood" cast iron plow. He carried on a 
successful manufacturing business, but his 
greatest success was in training and develop- 
ing in his machine shops, the founder of a 
great business, the product of which is adding 
to the world's comfort and wealth somewhere, 
every month and week in the year. Like the 
shot fired at Lexington, the click of the reaper 
is "heard round the world." Aaron Wood 
married (first) Eady Curtis, born January 
10, 1778, died at Mason, New Hampshire, 
August 13, 181 1. Children: Beckey, Mary, 
Aaron Curtis, Suky, Benjamin F. and Eady. 
He married (second) February 2, 1812, Re- 
beckah Wright, of Westford, Massachusetts. 
Children: i. William Anson, a manufacturer 
and for fifteen years associated with his 
brother, Walter A. Wood, as head of a de- 
partment, later of the William Anson Wood 
Reaper and Mower Company, of Youngs- 
town, Ohio. He died November 18, 1884. 
He married Jane Dodge, daughter of Judge 
Luther Carter, and had two children, Mary 



Janette, Frank, who married Alice Cranford! 
Thayer, of Hoosick Falls, New York. 2. 
Walter Abbott, see forward. 3. Eliphalet, 
merchant of Albany, New York, partner of 
Gaylor Sheldon & Company, later Sheldon & 
Wood. In 1854 sold his .Xlbany interests 
and removed to Chicago, where he engaged 
in the lumber business under the firm name 
of the Newaygo Company. There he became 
an exceedingly wealthy and prominent man. 
He was well known in business and political' 
circles, was nominated for mayor of Chicago, 
in i860, but declined the honor; was of in- 
calculable value to the government, and the- 
Union cause, through his work on the Union 
defence committee ; was active and liberal ia 
church relation ; was trustee and treasurer 
of the Presbyterian North West Theological; 
Seminary, retaining his interest until 1869, 
when he retired to Irvington-on-the-Hudson^ 
He associated with the Walter A. Wood Com- 
pany and was manager of their New York 
City office. He married Mary J., daughter of 
Swelton Grant, of Hobart, Delaware county,. 
New York, and had eight children, seven dy- 
ing in infancy. Caroline Whitely, the only 
surviving child, married Joseph Ormsby Rut- 
ter, of Chicago, Illinois, a banker of that 
city. 4. Rebeckah Ann, born May 16, 1821,. 
died unmarried February 5, 185 1. 5. Sarah 
Jane, born March 18, 1823; married E. D. 
Selden, of Saratoga Springs ; no issue. 6. 
Harriet Newell, died in infancy. 7. Susan, 
died in infancy. 8. Luther Wright, died at 
the age of five years. 

(V) Walter Abbott, second son of .Aaron 
(2) and Rebeckah (Wright) Wood, was born 
at Mason, Hillsboro county. New Hampshire, 
October 23, 18 15, died at Hoosick Falls,. 
Rensselaer county. New York, January 15,. 
1892. He was of a mechanical turn of mind 
and until he was twenty years of age re- 
mained with his father in his wagon and 
plow manufacturing works, where he became 
an expert machinist. In 1835 he went to- 
Hoosick Falls and worked at his trade in the 
machine shops of Parsons & Wilder, where- 
after a few years, having acquired a small 
capital, he established a like business of his 
own. He devoted his great mechanical skill 
and inventive genius to the improvement of 
the then crude and unsatisfactory farming 
machinery. The first result of his work was 
the introduction of the Manny Harvesting 
Machine with Wood's Improvements, and in 
the year 1852 over a hundred of these ma- 
chines were sold. In 1853 he had still fur- 
ther improved the machine, and the sales ran 
up to five hundred machines that year. He 
had now convinced the farmer of the great 



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value of his inventions, and half-satisfied him- 
self that they were practical and saleable. 
He now set about to increase his manufac- 
turing' facilities to meet the demand he had 
created. In 1859 he made and sold six thou- 
sand machines for harvesting and mowing; 
in 1869, 23,000; in 1879, 25,000; in 1884, 
48,000. In the meantime other companies had 
•entered the field and the great war of the 
rival companies was under full headway. Mr. 
Wood conducted his great and growing busi- 
ness until 1865, when he organized a stock 
corporation under the laws of the state of New 
York, and in 1866 began business as the 
Walter A. Wood Mowing & Reaping Machine 
Company, with a capital of $2,500,000. Mr. 
Wood was the first president of the company 
and the only one up to the date of his death. 
In i860 and again in 1890 the entire works 
were destroyed by fire, but in each case were 
■quickly rebuilt on a greatly enlarged scale. 
The Wood mowers and reapers were of su- 
perior design and construction, and up to the 
period of consolidation of several of the lead- 
ing makers, his sales surpassed in volume any 
single competitor. In field trials and com- 
petition events he easily was first and received 
from county, state, national and international 
■expositions, medals and certificates of first 
merit and far in excess of any rivals. He 
developed the foreign trade, established a 
London ofiice, and sent abroad fifty machines, 
the first like shipment ever made. They were 
•soon sold and a foreign trade assured. He 
met all comers in the foreign field as he had 
at home, and received the highest awards 
in England, 1861, at Leeds, London. At 
Paris, in 1876, he took leading rank, receiv- 
ing the gold medal of honor, also the cross 
•of the chevalier of the Legion of Honor. At 
the French international field trial, he took 
first prize against the world. At the Vienna 
International Exposition in 1873, after a sharp 
contest, he was awarded the highest prize, the 
■Grand Diploma of Honor, and knighted with 
the Cross of the Imperial Order of Francis 
Joseph, It was at this trial that he first 
brought into the field his celebrated harvester 
and binder. At the World's Paris Exposition 
of 1878, he won the highest prize and honor, 
the prize being "an object of art," the honor 
consisted of being promoted to "The Cross 
of an ofiicer of the Legion of Honor," His 
prizes numbered in 1885 over one thousand 
five hundred, many of them of great intrinsic 
value ; his home at Hoosick Falls being a ver- 
itable museum of rewards of merit. He con- 
tinued his successful career, and in perhaps 
the most bitter and costly war ever raged be- 
tween rival companies, upheld the honor of 



the Walter A. Wood Company, and fairly 
fought a winning battle. At last peace set- 
tled over the scene, and the efforts of the 
various companies turned to the legitimate 
ambition of furnishing the world with Amer- 
ican-made harvesting machinery. In this they 
have succeeded and brought untold wealth to 
their own country ; a white loaf to the count- 
less millions of our own and foreign lands, 
and everlasting honor and fortune to them- 
selves. In this great work the inventions 
of Mr. Wood have led, and he may justly be 
considered not only a benefactor to his own 
country, but to the entire agricultural world. 

During his absence in Europe attending 
the Paris Exposition in 1878 he was nomina- 
ted by the Republicans of the seventeenth 
New York congressional district, composed of 
Washington and Rensselaer counties, as their 
candidate for congress. On his return in Oc- 
tober, he acceded to the wishes of his friends 
and accepted the nomination. Although the 
district had elected a Democrat by five hun- 
dred majority the previous election, Mr. 
Wood was elected to succeed him, by a ma- 
jority of seven thousand. He was renomina- 
ted in 1880, and elected by seventeen thou- 
sand majority. He served creditably during 
his four years in congress but expressed no 
regrets when his term expired, politics being 
less congenial to him than his business. He 
was a warm and liberal friend of the church, 
belonging to the Episcopal denomination, and 
serving as senior warden of St. Mark's par- 
ish. Hoosick Falls, contributing largely to the 
building of the church edifice and to its sup- 
port. During the civil war he rendered val- 
uable service, and saw that no soldier's fam- 
ily was in need. At the immense works of 
his company at Hoosick Falls, a great many 
hundred men w-ere constantly employed and 
there existed between them and Mr, Wood 
the utmost harmony and good will. 

He married (first) in 1842, Betsey A., born 
at Hoosick Falls, New York, Jnne 19, 182 1, 
died May 24, 1867, daughter of Hon, Seth 
Parsons, of Hoosick Falls. Children : James 
S., died at the age of five years : Lyn P., born 
April 30, 1850, at P>rattleboro, Vermont, died 
April 22, 1877; married August 28, 1873, 
Mary E, Jack : child, Bessie Lyn, born De- 
cember 20, 1876, Mr. Wood married (sec- 
ond) September 2, 1868, Lizzie Warren, 
daughter of Rev. George Fluntington Nich- 
olls, rector of St, Mark's Episcopal Church, 
Hoosick Falls (see Nicholls IX). Children: 
Walter Abbott (2), see forward: Julia Nich- 
olls, born in London, England, June 9, T874, 
she was educated at Miss Peebles .School for 
Young Ladies, New York City, married, No- 



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vember 16. 1898, Hugh P. Blackinton, of 
Massachusetts, now of Hoosick Falls, treas- 
urer of Xoble & Wood Machine Company, no 
issue. 

(\'I) Walter Abbott (2), only son of 
Walter Abbott (i) and Lizzie Warren (Nich- 
olls) Wood, was born at Hoosick Falls, New 
York, January 2, 1871. He prepared for col- 
lege at St. Paul's School, Concord, New 
Hampshire, and entered Yale University 
where he was graduated Ph.B., 1892. He 
traveled in Europe for a year before entering 
Yale, and after graduation entered his fath- 
er's business at Hoosick Falls, where he con- 
tinued four years. For several years there- 
after, until 1907, he was not engaged in busi- 
ness. This interval was spent in travel at 
home and abroad, and in various phases of 
public political life. He is a director of the 
Walter A. Wood Company ; vice-president of 
the First National Bank of Hoosick Falls, di- 
rector of Noble & Wood Machine Company, 
of which he was one of the founders, and 
has other and varied business interests. He 
enlisted in the New York National Guard, 
was promoted December, 1893. second lieu- 
tenant of the Thirty-second Separate Com- 
pany, and served until 1898. He enlisted for 
the Spanish-American war as first lieutenant 
of Company M. Second Regiment, New York 
Volunteers, and served during the war, was 
mustered out 1899 ; was elected captain of the 
same company, serving until February, 1908, 
when he resigned. He is an active Republi- 
can ; served as trustee of the Village Cor- 
poration of Hoosick Falls three terms; was 
supervisor 1904-08, and chairman of the 
county board, 1907-08. He is a frequent dele- 
gate to county and state conventions of his 
party, and prominent in party councils. He 
is a member of the Episcopal church and ves- 
tryman of St. Mark's. He has attained the 
thirty-second degree in Scottish Rite Mason- 
ry, and is now (1910) serving his second 
term as master of Van Rensselaer Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons, of Hoosick Falls. 
He is a member of the Berzelius Society of 
Yale, and of the Hoosick Club, the Troy Club 
of Troy, the Graduate of New Haven, and 
the University of New York City. He is 
interested in all that pertains to the welfare 
of his town ; is public-spirited, charitable and 
a good citizen. 

He married, October 6, 1906, Dorothy 
Lieb Harrison, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
daughter of Charles Custis, and Ellen Nixon 
(Wain) Harrison. Charles Custis Harrison, 
LL.D., was born in Philadelphia, May 3, 
1844. son of George Leib Harrison; LL.D., 
and Sarah Ann (Waples) Harrison. George 



Leib Harrison was an honorary graduate of 
Harvard, where he received his A.M., 1878; 
was the founder of the Franklin Sugar Re- 
finery ; President of Pennsylvania State 
Board of Charities, trustee of the Protestant 
Episcopal Divinity School, Philadelphia, and 
author of works on sociology and philan- 
thropy. Charles Custis Harrison was grad- 
uated at University of Pennsylvania, Greek 
salutatorian, A.B.,' 1862; A.M., 1865. He 
was senior partner of Harrison Frazer & 
Company until the dissolution of that firm. 
He was elected a trustee of the University of 
Pennsylvania, 1876; chairman of the com- 
mittee on ways and means, 1885 ; acting pro- 
vost, 1894: provost of the University, 1895, 
to present time. He was manager of the Pro- 
testant Episcopal Hospital ; member of Amer- 
ican Academy of Political and Social Science; 
Pennsylvania Historical Society ; American 
Philosophical Society ; Numismatic and An- 
tiquarian Society. He endowed the "George 
Leib Memorial Foundation," of the Univer- 
sity of Pennsylvania by a gift of $500,000, and 
later, in connection with Mrs. Harrison, gave 
another $250,000 to the general purposes of 
the University. In 1895 Columbia Univer- 
sity conferred LL.D., and" Princeton the same, 
in 1896. He married, in 1870, Ellen Nixon, 
daughter of Edward Wain, of Philadelphia, 
and great-granddaughter of Robert Morris. 

(The Nicholls Line). 
. Mrs. Lizzie Warren (Nicholls) Wood was 
a descendant of that ancient English family 
of whom Burke says : "The origin of the an- 
cient family of Nicholls has been by antiquar- 
ians variously and largely treated upon. It 
is stated that at the time of Edward the Cori- 
queror, one, Nicholas de Albine, alias Ni- 
gell or Nicholl, came over from Normandy 
and was the common ancestor." The founder 
in America, from whom Mrs. Wood de- 
scends, was Francis Nicholls, born in Eng- 
land before 1600, son of Francis and Mar- 
garet (Bruce) Nicholls, and brother of Gov- 
ernor Richard Nicholls, who commanded the 
British fleet to whom the EHitch surrendered 
New Amsterdam. He received the surrender 
of the Dutch authorities, proposed the name 
New York for the new province, was gov- 
ernor of New York in 1664, and returned to 
England in 1667. Margaret Bruce was a 
daughter of Sir George Bruce, of Carnook, 
Scotland, and tenth in descent from King 
Robert Bruce, of Scotland. Francis Nicholls 
came to America prior to 1636, bringing three 
sons: John, Isaac and Caleb, and a daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Richard Mills. In 1639 he apjjears 
at Stratford, Connecticut, where he died 1650. 



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There is no mention of the first wife, and she 
is believed to have died in England. Francis 
was one of the original proprietors of Strat- 
ford, Connecticut, and one of the first band 
of seventeen families to settle there. He was 
sergeant and captain of "ye Train Bande." 
His second wife was Anne Wynes, daughter 
of "Saintly Deacon Barnabas Wynes," born 
in Wales, who was one of the original pro- 
prietors of Southold, Long Island. 

(H) Isaac, son of Francis Nicholls. was 
born in England, 1625, died at Stratford, 
Connecticut, 1695 ; was deputy to the general 

court, 1662-64. He married iMargaret 

and had issue. One of his daughters mar- 
ried Rev. Israel Chauncey, army surgeon dur- 
ing King Philip's war : pastor of the Strat- 
ford church, one of the founders of Yale 
College, and elected its first president. 

(III) Isaac (2), son of Isaac (i) and Mar- 
garet Nicholls, born in Stratford, died 1690, 
aged thirty-six years. He married Mary 
, and had issue. 

(IV) Richard, son of Isaac (2) and Mary 
Nicholls, was born in Stratford, November 
26, 1678, died September 29, 1756; married, 
June 3, 1702, Comfort, daughter of Theophilus 
Sherman, and granddaughter of Hon. Samuel 
Sherman, ancestor of General William T. 
Sherman, the famous military genius of the 
civil war. 

(V) Theophilus, son of Richard and Com- 
fort (Sherman) Nicholls, was born in Strat- 
ford, March 31, 1803, died April 7, 1774. 
Magistrate, deputy to forty-one sessions of 
the Connecticut general court. 1736-72; ves- 
tryman of Christ Church, Stratford, 1746- 
69 ; built the first store and opened the first 
trade on the harlxir of Bridgeport, Connecti- 
cut. He married, January 2, 1732, Sarah, 
daughter of Lieutenant Ebenezer Curtis, and 
granddaughter of Captain William Curtis, 
captain of "such forces as shall be sent from 
Fairfield county (Connecticut) against the 
Dutch of New York." 

(VI) Philip, son of Theophilus and -Sarah 
(Curtis) Nicholls, was born in Stratford, 
January 2, 1726, died May 15, 1807. He was 
captain and chairman of the committee to re- 
lieve the suffering poor under the Boston poor 
bill, 1794: vestryman of Christ Church, 1769- 
85 ; first lay delegate from Connecticut to the 
general convocation of the Protestant Epis- 
copal church. He married (first) Mehitable, 
daughter of William Peet, who died Septem- 
ber 23, 1756: married (second) Mary, daugh- 
ter of Joseph Prince, and niece of Rev. 
Thomas Prince, pastor of Old South Church, 
Boston, 1718-58. "The most assiduous annal- 
ist of New England history since the first 



generation." She was the great-granddaugh- 
ter of Thomas Hinckley, governor of Mas- 
sachusetts, 1680-92. 

(\TI) Charles Theophilus, son of Philip 
and Mary (Prince) Nicholls, was born at 
Stratford, Connecticut, July 21, 1771, died at 
Bridgeport, Connecticut, October 19. 1849. 
Paymaster of the Fourth Regiment Connec- 
ticut Cavalry under General Joseph Walker, 
July, 1809. Senior Warden of St. John's 
Church, Bridgeport. Married (first) Sarah 
Lewis, daughter of Hon. Jabez Huntington 
Tomlinson, an officer of the continental army ; 
representative and magistrate, and his wife, 
Mrs. Harriet Heller (Morris) Tomlinson, 
daughter of Rev. James Heller, a chaplain of 
the British army during the occupation of 
New York City. Sarah Lewis (Tomlinson) 
Nicholls was also a sister of Gideon Tom- 
linson, governor of Connecticut, 1827-30. 

(VII) Rev. George Huntington Nicholls, 
only son of Charles T. and Sarah Lewis 
(Tomlinson) Nicholls, was born at Bridge- 
port, Connecticut ; graduated at Trinity Col- 
lege, 1839; ordained deacon Protestant Epis- 
copal church, 1841 ; priest, 1842; rector of 
St. John's Church, Salisbury, Connecticut, 
1845 ; rector of Grace Church, Cherry Valley, 
New York, 1854; rector St. Mark's Church, 
Hoosick Falls, New York, 1865 ; rector- 
emeritus 1882 ; Hobart College conferred 
title of S.T.D., 1886. He married, June 
8, 1842, Julia Louisa, daughter of Walter 
Phelphs, a direct descendant of Judge 
William Phelphs, born in England, settled 
in Windsor, Connecticut, 1635, and his 
wife Julia Steel (Beach) Phelphs, a direct 
descendant of Secretary John Steel, a pioneer 
of Hartford, Connecticut. 

(IX) Lizzie Warren, daughter of Rev. 
George H. and Julia Louisa (Phelphs) Nich- 
olls, married September 2, 1868, Walter Ab- 
bott Wood, Sr., of Hoosick Falls, New York 
(sec Wood V). 



TluTe was a town in Norfolk, 
11 AM )h:.\ luigland, called Heydon, which 

was a mile long and half as 
much broad. The jiresent name of Heydon or 
Haydon, as it is commonly called, signifies the 
High Down, or plain on the hill, which is 
agreeable to its situation. It is located in 
the Liberty of the Duchey of Lancaster ; the 
seat and demesne were called Heydon Hall 
or Manor — alias Stinton Hall and Manor. 
Heydon and Stinton Manors were subse- 
quently divided. The legal settlement of 
Heydon Manor makes the eldest son heir. 
The town of Hcydnn lies about fourteen miles 
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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



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town of Norfolk county. The lands there, 
according; to Domesday Book, were at the 
time of the Conqueror's survey under the lord- 
ship of one Whither, a Saxon, from whom the 
Conqueror took them and hestowed them upon 
the Earl of Warren — William de Warrena. 
The lieydons must have had their tenure from 
the \\'arrens as adherents or retainers of 
theirs. Very early we find them intermarried 
with the Warrens, also with the descendants of 
the Conqueror, with the Says, Alowbrays, 
Longvilles, Gurneys, Boleyns, etc. We find 
the name of Tliomas de Heydon mentioned as 
one of the prominent men of the twelfth 
century. 

(I) Thomas de Heydon, above referred to, 
was born in April, about 1185, died about 
1250. He lived in South Erpingham. and 
served as justice itinerant for Norfolk county 
in the reign of Henry HL 1221. The ofifice of 
justice (in Erye) was a commission held di- 
rectly from the king, having appellate jurisdic- 
tion of superior cases, to save going up to 
Westminster. One of the five provisions of 
Magna Charta signed by King John in 12 15 
was that such local justice be appomted in 
the county. This was not fulfilled, however, 
until after the death of John, during the 
minority of his son, Henry HL and under 
the regency of Robert De Burgh. Thomas de 
Heydon, therefore, was the first judge in Nor- 
folk appointed under ]\Iagna Charta. 

(II) William Heydon, son of Thomas de 
Heydon, was probably born about 1220, died 
about 1272. He was the first of the Devon 
line. 

(HI) John de Heydon, son of William 
Heydon, was a younger brother of the Wil- 
liam who was the third of the Norfolk line. 
John served as judge in Devon county in the 
first year of the reign of King Edward L 
1273, according to the records which we find 
in the Tower of London by Henry St. George 
Richmond. He was a younger branch of a 
knightly stock, so called, which flourished in 
the eastern parts of England, that is Norfolk. 
Whom he married is not known, but he had 
children, among them Robert. 

(T\') Robert Haydon, son of John de Hey- 
don. appears to have been the first to change 
the spelling of the first syllable by inserting 
"a" instead of the "e" which thenceforth dis- 
tinguishes the Devon line. He settled at 
Boughwood in the nineteenth year of Ed- 
ward I. The same year he deeded this estate 
to his son Henry and his wife Julian; the 
deed is attested by Thomas Frances, Ralph 
de Todwell and several others. His wife's 
name was Joan. 

(\') Henrv Havdon, .son of Robert and 



Joan Haydon, appears to have married his 
own cousin or near relation, as his wife Julian 
is stated to be daughter and heir to Heydon, 
of Ebford, which made said Henry possessor 
of several thousand dollars per annum. 

(\I) William (2) Haydon, son of Henry 
and Julian Haydon, inherited Boughwood. He 
married and among his children was Robert. 

(VH) Robert (2) Haydon, son of William 
(2) Haydon, succeeded him as owner of 
Boughwood. He married and among his chil- 
dren was John. 

(VHI) John (2) Haydon, son of Robert 
(2) Haydon, succeeded to the ownership of 
Boughwood. He married and among his chil- 
dren was Henry. 

(IX) Henry (2) Haydon, son of John (2) 
Haydon, was of Boughwood and Ebford, and 
seems to have been the first to come into full 
possession of both estates. This was in the 
twentieth year of the reign of Richard H, 
1397. Henry was succeeded by his son, John, 
of Boughwood and Ebford. who came into 
possession the eighth year of the reign of 
Henry IV, 1407. He married and had issue 
which seems not to have lived to inherit, so 
he was succeeded by his brother, William. 

(X) William (3) Haydon, son of Henry 

(2) Haydon, was of Lymston. He succeeded 
to the estates of Boughwood and Ebford. He 
married and among his children was Richard. 

(XI) Richard Haydon, fourth son of Wil- 
liam (3) Haydon. was living on the estate 
during the fifteenth year of the reign of Ed- 
ward IV, 1476. He married and had two 
sons, Richard and John, and one daughter, 
Jane. 

(XII) Richard (2) Haydon, .son of Rich- 
ard (i) Haydon. was of Boughwood and 
Ebford, and was living there in the thirteenth 
year of the reign of Henry VIII, 1522. He 
married Joan, daughter of Morice Trent, of 
Ottery, St. Mary. They had three sons. 
Thomas, John and George. 

(XIII) Thomas (2) Haydon, eldest son 
of Richard (2) Haydon, succeeded his father 
to the estates. He married Joan, daughter 
of Richard Weeks, of Honey Onirch, and 
among their children was Thomas. 

(XIV) Thomas (3) Haydon, son of 
Thomas (2) Haydon, succeeded his father to 
the estates. He married Christiania, daugh- 
ter and heir of Robert Tidersleigh. They 
had two sons. Robert and Thomas. 

(X\') Robert (3) Haydon, son of Thomas 

(3) Havdon, became heir to his great-uncle, 
John, and on the death of this relative he 
removed his family to Cadhay and resided 
there. He served as justice of the peace, and 
was living in 1620. He married Joan, eldest 



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daughter of Sir Ainias Paulet, of George Hin- 
ton Somerset, and had three sons, Gideon, 
Amias and Drew, and one daughter, Margaret. 

(XV'I) Gideon Haydon, son of Robert (3) 
Haydon. owned the estates of Ebford and 
Cadhay, having succeeded his father, and is 
quoted as a very worthy, honest gentleman. 
It is said that the estates of Cadhay have never 
changed hands except by inheritance for seven 
hundred years. Sir Thomas Hare, the pres- 
ent owner, received them through the female 
line from the Williamses, as he himself be- 
lieves. Gideon Haydon married Margaret, 
daughter of John Davy, Esquire, of Greedy, 
and had seven sons and five daughters. Three 
of the sons were William, John and James. 
Several of the sons grew to manhood and 
were living in 1630. Haydons, descendants 
of this line, are still at Tiverton, and a num- 
ber having this spelling are in London. The 
late well-known B. R. Haydon, painter and 
native of Plymouth, belonged to this line. 

The above account was originally taken 
from the English records. In 1888 Mr. Jabez 
Haskell Hayden, of Windsor Locks, Connec- 
ticut, wrote a book on the Hayden genealo- 
gies, and therein, through the researches of 
Rev. William B. Hayden, of Portland, Maine, 
and I\Ir. Levi Hayden, of Roslindale, Massa- 
chusetts, show that there were three brothers, 
William. John and James Hayden, who came 
from England on the ship, "Alary & John," in 
1630, landing at Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
William is mentioned below. John remained 
a short time in Dorchester, later settled in 
Braintree, and his descendants are known as 
the "Braintree branch." James settled in 
Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1635, and died 
in 1675. He had a family of eight children. 
The Haydens of Saybrook, now Essex, Con- 
necticut, belong to this line. 

There were several other men who came 
over from England on the "Mary & John," 
among them being Roger Clapp. He was then 
a young man of twenty-one. The Rev. John 
Warham and Rev. John Maverick, both older 
men, came over at the same time and gave 
considerable advice to the young men of the 
party, as is shown from the records. All of 
these men came from three counties in Eng- 
land, namely : Devon, Dorset, Somersetshire. 

(XVII) William (4) Hayden, son of 
Gideon Ilaydon, came from England on the 
"Mary & John," 1630, landing at Dorchester, 
Massachusetts. After remaining there a short 
time, he removed to Windsor, Connecticut, 
where he resided until his death, and from 
him sprang the numerous descendants who are 
known as the "Windsor branch" of the Hay- 
den family. He served under Captain Mason 



in the famous Pequot war in 1637. He re- 
ceived land in the first distribution made in 
Hartford in 1639, and sold the same with 
dwelling house thereon February 9, 1642. 
Also about this time he purchased lands in 
Windsor, towards "Pine Meadow," and built 
a house upon it. In 1859 the site of this house 
was occupied by the residence of the late 
Henry Hayden, on the east side of the high- 
way at the junction of the two roads, south 
of Hayden Station, near Windsor, Connec- 
ticut. On that part of his farm lying west of 
the railroad station, he had a stone quarry 
which was worked as early as 1654. In 1669 
he deeded all his lands in Windsor, and build- 
ings thereon, to his son Daniel, who probably 
had not left the old homestead. His first 
wife died in 1655. He married (second) in 
Fairfield, Connecticut, Widow Wilcoxon. Wil- 
liam Hayden died at Killingworth, September 
27, 1669. He was the father of three chil- 
dren: Daniel, born September 2, 1640; Na- 
thaniel, February 2, 1642; Mary, June 6, 1648. 

(XVIII) Daniel, son of William (4) Hay- 
den, was born September 2, 1640, died March 
22, 1712-13. He married, March 17, 1664, 
Hannah Wilcoxon, who died April 19, 1722. 
They were the parents of eight children. 

(XIX) Samuel, fifth child of Daniel and 
Hannah (Wilcoxon) Hayden, was born Feb- 
ruary 28, 1677, died October 12, 1742. He 
married, January 24, 1703, Anna Holcomb, 
of Windsor, who died June 13, 1756, aged 
eighty-one years. They were tlie parents of 
six children. 

(XX) Samuel (2), second child of Samuel 
(i) and Anna (Holcomb) Hayden, was born 
October 7, 1707. He married, November 7, 
1737, Abigail Hall, of Somers, who bore him 
eight children. 

(XXI) Moses, third child of Samuel (2) 
and Abigail (Hall) Hayden, was born Sep- 
tember 23, 1742. When a young man he 
left Windsor, Connecticut, taking up his resi- 
dence at Conway, Franklin county, Massachu- 
setts. He married twice, names of wives un- 
known, and had one child by first wife, 
Moses. 

(XXII) Moses (2), son of Moses (i) Hay- 
den, was born in 1761, died at the home of 
his daughter, Asenath (Mrs. Daniel Bloss), 
in June. 1855, aged ninety-three years, and 
was buried in the cemetery at the stone church 
at Day Center, near where he had lived so 
many years. It appears that the young boy 
and his stepmother did not agree very well, 
and at the age of ten years he left home and 
thereafter depended upon his own resources. 
He located at what is now known as Holyoke, 
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years, and about 1790 or 1792, having heard 
favorable reports about the section of the coun- 
try in and around the town of Day (called 
Concord), Saratoga county^ New York, re- 
moved thither, purchased a farm, built a 
house, and in the course of a year or two re- 
turned to Massachusetts and married Mary 
Boyd, a resident of Holyoke, whom he brought 
to his new home, where they lived together 
until her death, in 1828. Mr. Hayden married 
(second) Eunice Deming. The farm where 
Moses Hayden lived has been known as the 
"Hayden Farm" for more than one hundred 
years. Moses Hayden was of a religious turn 
of mind and affiliated with the Baptists. There 
was no Baptist church in that locality but the 
inhabitants of that denomination were in the 
habit of gathering at the school house for 
worship. Children of Moses and Mary 
(Boyd) Hayden: Polly (Mary), born Novem- 
ber 8, 1795, died May 5, 1863; John Boyd, 
February 21, 1798, died July, 1831 ; Solomon, 
see forward; Asenath, April 4, 1802, died 
January, 1882. aforementioned as the wife of 
Daniel Bloss : Parmelia, January 2, 1804; 
Perces, December 20, 1805; JMoses, March 29, 
181 1 : Susannah M., April 11, 1814, died 1887. 
(XXHI) Solomon, son of Moses (2) and 
Mary ( Boyd) Hayden, was born January 30. 
1800. died March 20, 1879. He married, 
March 12, 1821, Annie Bloss, born March 3, 
1805, died May 23, 1886. They lived on a 
farm in the town of Day, New York, near 
his father's farm, until 1850, when they moved 
to the town of Edinburg, Saratoga county, 
New York, where they purchased a fann. re- 
siding thereon until the death of Mr. Hayden. 
They were both members of the Baptist So- 
ciety at Day, and upon their removal to Edin- 
burg they joined the Baptist church at North- 
ville, New York, and were regular attendants 
at the services during the remaining years of 
their lives. Children: Bethiah R., born Sep- 
tember 27, 1822, died July 26, 1863 ; she mar- 
ried the Rev. Timothy Day ; three children, 
two sons and one daughter: the sons enlisted 
in the civil war and both lost their lives in 
their country's service; one was killed by a 
shell in battle and the other died of typhoid 
fever, contracted while at the front ; James 
H., February 12, 1824, died June 12, 1881 ; 
Rosina C. March 27, 1826, died April 30. 
1830: Sally M., March i, 1828, died May 16, 
1830; Elvira E., March 20, 1831, died August 
15, 1857; John C, see forward; Adeline L.. 
February 22, 1836, died September 4, 1865; 
Rosannah E., August 17, 1838, died May 25, 
1850; George Levi, April 18, 1841, died May 
17. 1863; Anna M., September 22, 1844, liv- 
ing at the present time (1910). George Levi 



Hayden enlisted in November, 1861, at Sara- 
toga Springs, New York, and was assigned 
to Company D, Seventy-seventh Regiment, 
New York State Volunteer Infantry. He was 
trained at Saratoga Springs for some months 
and then his company was sent to the front. 
He was in several battles but escaped injury. 
In 1862, however, while the regiment was at 
White House Landing on the Pamunkey 
river, state of Virginia, he contracted typhoid 
fever. He was placed on a transport and 
sent with a large number of sick and 
wounded soldiers up the Potomac river to a 
hospital, but on the way up the river, during 
his delirium, he jumped overboard and was 
drowned. The body was recovered by his 
comrades and buried on the bank of' that 
river. 

(XXIV) John Carmi, son of Solomon and 
Annie (Bloss) Hayden, was born March 13, 
1834, died March 24, 1899, in Saratoga 
Springs, New York, at the home of his son. 
Adelbert C. Hayden. Notwithstanding the 
fact that his brother had lost his life in the 
war, John C. enlisted for service in the fall 
of 1864. He enlisted at Amsterdam, New 
York, and was assigned to Company I, Ninety- 
first Regiment, New York State \"olunteer 
Infantry. Early in the following year he was 
wounded in battle in Virginia and was sent 
to the hospital at Alexandria, and while there, 
recovering from his wounds, occurred the as- 
sassination of President Lincoln. Shortly 
after the close of the war he was mustered 
out of the service at Washington and re- 
turned to the town of Northampton, Fulton 
county. New York, where he had purchased 
a farm during the early years of the rebel- 
lion, removing thither from his farm near 
Edinburg, where he resided for two or three 
years after his marriage. He continued to 
live on the latter-named farm until after the 
death of his wife, in 1891. He married. No- 
vember 19, 1856, Martha Haight Ouinby, 
daughter of Aaron and Mary (Wilbur) 
Ouinby (see Quinby VIII), who bore him 
six children, namely : Adelbert Carmi. see for- 
ward ; Willis Adelma, born October 16, i860; 
Charles Aaron, December 20. 1863; Mary 
Anna, June 3, 1866; George Jay, September 
21, 1870; Eugene Elmer, December 13, 1873. 
The parents of John C. Hayden were mem- 
bers of the Baptist church, and the ancestry 
all seem to have been Baptists back through 
their history in this country. The parents of 
Mrs. Hayden were Quakers, members of the 
Quaker church at Quaker street. New York, 
and the ancestry for nearly three hundred 
years was known to have been Quakers. How- 
ever, the nearest church to their home on the 



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Sacandaga river at Osborne Bridge was a 
Methodist Episcopal church, which they both 
joined and continued to be members in good 
standing as long as they lived. 

(XXV) Adelbert Carmi, eldest child of John 
Carmi and Martha Haight (Quinby) Hay- 
den, was born April 26, 1858, at Northville. 
Fulton county. New York. He graduated at 
the State Normal School, Albany, in 1882. 
He served in the capacity of teacher in the 
schools of Conklingville and Crescent, Sara- 
toga county, and in Montgomery county, a 
position for which he was well qualiiied. 
Early in 1884 he accepted a position in the 
general postoffice department, Washington, 
D. C, and at the expiration of four years he 
resigned in order to accept a position at Sara- 
toga Springs, New York, where he has since 
resided. For the past six years he has served 
as vice-president of the Lincoln Spring Com- 
pany, and is actively identified with the inter- 
ests of the company. During his residence 
in Washington he was a member of the Cal- 
vary Baptist Church, a member of the board 
of trustees and a teacher in the Sunday school. 
After coming to Saratoga Springs he and his 
wife joined the First Baptist Church, in which 
he has taken an active part, serving as a 
member of the board of trustees for twelve 
years, superintendent of the Sunday school 
five years, and either an officer or a teacher 
in the school for twenty years. He has been 
an active worker in the Young Men's Chris- 
tian Association, been a member of the board 
of directors for almost fifteen years, being 
elected the first time under the presidency 
of G. F. Harvey, when they were located in 
the old Favorite Spring building; he served 
on the board while money was being raised 
and the site chosen for the present building. 
In igoi he was elected a member of the 
Board of Education of the village for a term 
of three years, re-elected in 1904, and was 
nominated for School Director of the town of 
Saratoga Springs in 1910 on the Republican 
ticket, but was defeated, owing to the Demo- 
cratic landslide. He was chairman of the 
teachers' committee for five years and a mem- 
ber of the teachers' committee for both his 
terms of office; he was also a member of the 
committee on schools for the entire six years ; 
these were important committees of the board. 
He was one of the special committee that 
recommended the adoption of the domestic 
science department in the local public schools, 
was a member of the special committee that 
recommended the addition of manual training 
to the local curriculum, and was chairman of 
the teachers' committee that engaged the first 
instructors in each of these departments. Mr. 



Hayden married, Alarch 9, 1887, Nellie Farr 
Lohnas, born in Schuylerville, New York, 
August 28, 1863, daughter of Deyoe and Hul- 
dali L. (Farr) Lohnas. Children: Grace 
Lohnas, born August 8, 1888, and Rita Mar- 
ion, born February 13, 1893. 

(The Quinby Line). 
The name of Quinby, spelled now Quinby, 
(^uimby and Quinbury, all of which are de- 
rived from the original name, Quinborough, 
corrupted to that of Quinbury, and finally 
Quinby, which is now the generally adopted 
style of writing the name. The name was 
derived from the name of a town in Norfolk 
county, England, called Quinborough. The 
family was originally of Norman-French ex- 
traction. The ancestors of the Quinby family 
in this country came from England. So far 
as known, only two men of that name came to 
America, viz., Robert and William Quinby. 
Robert Quinby settled in the town of Salis- 
bury, Massachusetts, in June, 1653. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth Osgood, who bore him four 
children: Lydia, William, John and Thomas. 
Two of the sons moved to the state of New 
Hampshire and are the progenitors of the 
Quinby family in that state and in Maine. 
Some families there spell the name Quimby. 

(I) William Quinby, the other early pro- 
genitor of the Quinby family in America, set- 
tled in Westchester, Westchester county. New 
York. In those early days the village of 
Westchester was only a small .scattered col- 
lection of houses and even up to 1700, one 
writer says, "the inhabitants lived up and 
down" and even in towns they lived on farms 
of ten acres. It is uncertain who William 
Quinby married. There is only one son named 
in the local history and family records. His 
name was John. 

(II) John, son of William Quinby, signed 
his name to one public document as "Quim- 
bie." He was a man of weight and influence 
in his community. In 1664, when a patent 
was given for the land he and his neighbors 
occupied, he with five others, received it in 
trust for all. In 1665 he was a representa- 
tive for his town in the assembly, summoned 
by Governor Nichols. He was a member 
of the organization corresponding to our 
present school board. He and his father 
were "dissenters," being members of the Con- 
gregational church, and when, at one time, 
they had no minister, John Quinby and three 
others were a])pointed to fill the vacancy. 

He married Deborah , who bore him 

four children: John, Charles, Josiah, Mary. 

(III) Josiah, son of John and Deborah 
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1495 



where he purchased three hundred and twenty 
acres of land, comprising what was then called 
the "Great Neck." He is described later as 
being "late of Mamaroneck," so that it is 
probable that he returned to Westchester to 
live. He married Mary Mullinex (IMoly- 
neux), June 17, 1689. Children: Dorcas, Jo- 
siah, Jonathan. Samuel, Son. who died in 
.infancy: Ephraim, Aaron, Moses, Daniel, 
Phoebe, Isaiah, Martha. . It appears that Jo- 
siah Ouinby and his wife joined the "Society 
of Friends" while living in Mamaroneck. 
The Society met with much acceptance in this 
neighborhood, and Thomas Chalklcy mentions 
visiting there as early as 1725. In 1739 land 
was ]nirchased and a meeting house erected. 
The half-yearly meetings for Friends in all 
this section were held in this house. 

(I\') Moses, son of Josiah and Mary (Mul- 
linex ) Ouinby, married Jane, daughter of 
Francis and Elizabeth Pelham, in 1730. Chil- 
<lren : Elizabeth. Samuel. Frances. Mary, Jo- 
siah. Phoebe, Hannah. Isaiah, Martha, Son, 
who died in infancy : Susannah. 

(\') Samuel, son of Moses and Jane (Pel- 
ham ) Quinby, was born in Northcastle. W'est- 
chester county. New York. He married 
(first), March 17, 1756. Anna, born at Beth 
Page. Long Island, October 2, 1736, daugh- 
ter of Moses and Catherine Powel. He mar- 
ried (second) Phoebe L^nderhill, who bore 
him ten children, namely: Mary, Moses, Oba- 
diah. Josiah. Jane. Catherine. Clara, Anna, 

Eliza A., and . 

( \'I ) Obadiah son of Samuel and Phoebe 
(Underbill) Quinby, was born March 5, 1761, 
•died June 12, 1821. He married Freelove, 
born October 27, 1761. died December i, 
1829. daughter of Caleb Haight. Children : 
Anna, James, Mapelett. Hannah, Samuel, 
Aaron and Deborah. Obadiah Ouinby lived 
at Milan, Dutchess county. New York, where 
his children were reared. 

(\TI) Aaron, son of Obadiah and Free- 
love (Haight) Ouinby, was born August 2, 
1799. died May 15. 1875. He married, at 
Milan. New York, June 6, 1826. Mary, born 
November 29, 1806, died July 4, 1886, daugh- 
ter of Reuben and Susannah (Dean) Wilbur. 
Shortly after their marriage they moved to 
Duanesburg, Schenectady county. New York, 
where four of their children were born. 
.About 1839 they moved to Glens Falls, New 
^'ork. where they remained a few years. 
Their youngest child, Aaron Jay, was born 
there. Soon afterward they moved to the 
town of Stillwater, Saratoga county, New 
York, where they resided three years, on the 
"bank of the Hudson river, between Mechan- 
icsvillc and Stillwater. About 1850 they 



moved to the town of Edinburg, New York, 
where they resided on a farm until their 
death. Children : Sarah Ann, Susannah Free- 
love, Martha Haight, Edmond Carpenter, 
Aaron Jay. 

(\TII) Martha Haight, third child of 
Aaron and Mary (Wilbur) Quinby, married, 
November 19, 1856, John Canni Hayden (see 
Hayden XXIV), and they are the parents 
of Adelbert Carmi Hayden. 



This family settled in the Mo- 
SHULER hawk A'alley about the middle 

of the eighteenth century. 
They are originally of German nativity, the 
American ancestor being Lawrence Shuler. 
He became possessed of a tract of six hun- 
dred and forty acres, part of the two thousand 
acres conveyed to Edward and Philip Harri- 
.son, known as the Harrison patent. The 
original survey was made in 1737 by Christo- 
pher Yates. From the Harrisons one Dub<jis, 
a wealthy man of New York City, purchased 
six hundred and forty acres. This purchase 
was the immediate cause of the emigration 
to America of Lawrence Shuler, the founder. 
Dubois died, and his widow having need of 
the services of an agent to look after her 
northern lands was led, through recommen- 
dation, to write to Lawrence Shuler in Ger- 
many, offering him the position. This was 
in 1767, and he was then probably about 
twenty-one. He was born in Luxemburg, 
Germany, and had received a good education 
and possessed good business ability. He ac- 
cepted the ofTer and came to America and 
acted as Mrs. Dubois' agent in the manage- 
ment of her Florida lands. Their business 
acquaintance resulted in their marriage, and 
thus the estate passed into the Shuler name, 
where it remained for over one hundred and 
twenty-five years. The estate is situated one 
and a half miles east of Minaville, in one of 
the best and most beautiful parts of the town. 
No owner of the Shuler name has ever died 
upon the estate, it so happening tiiat they 
were absent from home when their final hour 
came. Neither Lawrence Shuler nor his wife 
died there. Their children were: John, see 
forward; Jacob, Solomon, Lawrence (2), 
Elizabeth. Lawrence (i) Shuler married 
(second) Magdalena Servoss, who bore him 
Abraham and Sarah, and i)ossibly others. 
Abraham died an old man, unmarried; Sarah 
married Cornelius Van Derveer, afterward 
accidentally killed, leaving a daughter Helena. 
The children of the first wife, all married 
and reared families. The estate was divided 
into smaller farms and each, at times, owned 
portions. 



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(H) John, son of Lawrence Shuler, the 
founder, and his wife (Mrs. Dubois), was 
born on the original homestead, November 
12, 1769, died at Gasport, New York, at the 
age of eighty-nine years. He came into pos- 
session of the farm about 1790. He was 
a well-educated man, well known in public 
life. He was elected to the legislature, Sep- 
tember 26, 1814, and re-elected in 1815. He 
was a friend of Alexander Hamilton, and 
acquainted with Aaron Burr. He was one 
of the invited guests of Governor Clinton at 
the exercises opening the Erie canal. He 
was a member of St. Patrick's Lodge, Free 
and Accepted Masons, of Johnstown, Fulton 
county. New York (then No. i, now No. 4), 
the oldest English-speaking lodge in the state, 
organized by Sir William Johnson under a 
charter from the Grand Lodge of England. 
He was a Whig in politics, later a Republican, 
which was the political faith of the family. 
He married, in Florida, Hannah Buck, born 
in Canaan, Massachusetts, died in Ames, New 
York, at the age of seventy-five. Children : 
I. David Cady, married (first) Pervely But- 
ler; (second) a Miss Nellis, both natives of 
Jefiferson county. New York. 2. Sarah, mar- 
ried Elijah Wilcox; they removed to Elgin, 
Illinois, where they died. 3. Ransom, mar- 
ried Katherine Talmadge ; they settled in 
Cumberland county, where they died. 4. 
Daniel, see forward. 5. Ann, married Louis 
Griffin ; they were residents of Unadilla, New 
York, where they died. 6. Jacob, a mer- 
chant, later a farmer; married (first) Kathe- 
rine, daughter of the Reverend Colonel 
Matise; (second) Amelia Case; he died in 
Cortland county, aged fifty-six years. 7. 
Cholett, lived to be one of the oldest in- 
habitants of Amsterdam ; he was born May 
20, 1807, on the Shuler estate; he married 
Ann Mallory ; they are both buried in Green 
Hill cemetery, Amsterdam. 8. Adeline, mar- 
ried Oliver Wilcox ; they died at Gasport, 
Niagara countv. New York. g. Lydia, mar- 
ried William Carlyle, M.D., of Elgin, Illi- 
nois. 10. Caroline, married George A. Wol- 
verton, of Albany. 

(HI) Daniel, fourth child of John and 
Llannah (Buck) Shuler, was born on the 
Shuler homestead in Florida, February 27, 
1803, died February 17, 1882. He grew up 
on the farm, and adopted farming as his 
vocation. He married and settled in the same 
town, where he resided all his days. He 
married, in Florida, Katherine ^'an Derveer, 
who died July 26, 1874, at the age of sixty- 
nine, daughter of Henry Van Derveer. Chil- 
dren : I. Ann, born February 8, 1830, died 
March 4, 1904; she married Jacob Schuyler, 



born in 1829, died October 19, 1899. 2. Free- 
man, see forward. 3. Henry Van Derveer, 
born at the old homestead, June 3, 1842; he 
has resided all his life within the confines of 
the town, and for the past nine years has been 
employed in the "Brown" store at Minaville; 
he married Eveline Haver, born in 1852; she 
resides in California. 

(IV) Freeman, second child and eldest son 
of Daniel and Katherine (Van Derveer) 
Shuler, was born on the homestead in Florida, 
New York, September 12, 1833, died at his 
home in the city of Amsterdam, New York, 
April 4, 1909. He was a successful farmer 
of Montgomery county, owning and operating, 
for many years, a farm east of Amsterdam, 
near the RIohawk river. He retired from 
active labor to a comfortable home in Am- 
sterdam, where he passed in ease his latter 
days. He took an active part in town affairs, 
was assessor for ten years, and a leading 
member of the Dutch Reformed church. He 
stood high in his community, and was a man 
of unblemished character. He married, at 
the Young homestead, in Florida, in i860, 
Mary A. Young, born in the town. May 17, 
1838. She survives her husband and resides 
in Amsterdam (Port Jackson). She is a 
member of the Dutch Reformed church. Chil- 
dren ; I. Carrie A., born August 2, 1863 ; mar- 
ried Zachariah Jacoby, born January 25, 1859; 
he has been many years a member of the 
New York National Guard, for which he 
wears a service medal ; is an employee of 
the State, connected with the State armory, 
at Amsterdam. 2. W'illiam H., see forward. 
3. Annie E., born May 10, 1867; married 
Andrew McClumpha, a farmer of Florida ; 
they have a son, Raymond McClumpha, born 
October 4, 1901. 4. Daniel, born September 
16, 1689; married Edna A. Young, and has 
a daughter, Ruth A. ; their son, Wilbur S., 
died in infancy. Daniel is a farmer of Holley, 
New York. 5. Mary A., born April 14, 1875, 
died January 25, 1877. 

(V) William H., son of Freeman and 
]\Iary A. (Young) Shuler, was born on the 
Montgomery county farm, February 21, 1865. 
He was educated in the town schools, and upon 
his father's retirement succeeded to the man- 
agement of the farm. He is a worthy suc- 
cessor and maintains the property in the same 
excellent condition, and ranks among the best 
of his town. He married, January 16, 1890, 
Martha M. Conover, born in Glen, November 
3, 1 87 1. The Conover family are among the 
older Mohawk Valley settlers, Scth Conover, 
her father, being of the third generation in 
direct line. Seth Conover married Annie 
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settlers of Amsterdam. Their children, all 
born on the Conover homestead : Martha M. 
(Mrs. William H. Shuler) ; Seth J., born July 
28, 1875, married Lizzie Field, and resides in 
-Amsterdam ; Howard L., died at the age of 

eighteen ; Edward, married Rose , and 

has issue. Mrs. William H. Shuler (Martha 
AI. Conover) was educated in Glen, and is a 
member of the Reformed church, as is her 
husband. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Shuler: 
Alice, born November 8. 1891 ; Lawrence, 
February 22, 1893; T. Howard, March 4, 
1894; ]\iarion, June 16, 1906; Myra L., July 
I, 1908. 



The English Monsons belong- 
MUNSON ing to the peerage have a rec- 
ognized history extending 
through five centuries. According to 
"Burke's Peerage," John Monson was liv- 
ing in 1378, and denominated of East Market 
Rasen, county of Lincoln, from whom lineally 
sprang William Monson, Esq., who died in 
1558. It is the opinion of eminent members 
of the family that their common ancestor was 
a Dane. The name is common in Denmark, 
and that portion of England where the family 
were dwelling in the fourteenth century had 
been overrun by the Danes. 

(I) Thomas Munson, the American ances- 
tor, was among those exiles w-ho left Eng- 
land for conscience sake, brave and spirited 
men who were loyal to their God and their 
convictions. He was born in England about 
1612, died May 7, 1685. It is not known how 
or when he came to -America. He is first 
found of record in Hartford, Connecticut, 
in 1637, where he performed service in the 
Pequot war. He received a grant of one 
hundred acres, which was confirmed by the 
general court. May 13, 1637, no doubt in rec- 
ognition of his services in that war. In 1639 
he became one of the pioneer settlers of New- 
Haven, Connecticut, where he acquired a house 
lot in February, 1640. He was one of the 
sixty-three signers of the "Agreement." He 
took the oath of fidelity July i, 1644, and 
was appointed sergeant of the "trayned iDand," 
a title he bore for nineteen years. May 19, 
1656, he was chosen one of seven townsmen 
(selectmen). In 1661 he was appointed "En- 
signe," and was assigned "seat No. 2 of the 
shorte seats in the meeting house." April 28, 
1663, "Ensigne Thomas Munson and John 
Moss were chosen deputies for the jurisdiction 
General Courte for the yeare ensueinge." In 
1665, after the union of New Haven Colony 
with Connecticut Colony, John Winthrop, 
governor, he was chosen deputy to the general 
assembly. July 6, 1665, he was confirmed by 



the general assembly lieutenant "of ye traine 
band at New Haven." In 1666 he was again 
chosen deputy, and in 1668 assigned a new 
seat in the meeting house; he was now one 
of the thirteen persons seated "in the first 
seat" in the gallery. April 29, 1668, he was 
elected one of seven townsmen (selectmen), 
and in 1669 again chosen deputy; in fact, this 
office was bestowed upon him, as well as that 
of selectman, almost continuously until his 
death in 1685. At a session of the general 
court, held at Hartford, August 7, 1673, the 
following "special order" was passed: 
"Whereas there is now at present a great 
appearance of danger towards the Colony 
by the approach of the Dutch, for our own 
safety and defence till the general court in 
October next, it is now ordered by this court 
that the committee hereafter named, viz : The 
Governor, Deputy-Governor, and assistants 
(five others), and Lieutenant Thomas Mun- 
son, are hereby empowered to act as the- 
Grand Committee of this Colony in establish- 
ing and commissioning of military officers, in 
pressing men, houses, ships, barques, or other 
vessels, arms, ammunition, provision, car- 
riages, or whatever they judge needful for our 
defense, and to manage, order and dispose 
of the militia of the colony in the best way 
and manner for our defense and safety." This 
was the first appointment of a grand commit- 
tee, or as afterwards termed "council of war." 
During King Philip's war he was in command 
of troops in and around Saj-brook. and May 
13, 1676, was appointed captain of New Ha- 
ven county soldiers, and in 1682 was a com- 
missioner to treat with the Indians. Sep- 
tember 29, 1684, he was. for the last time, 
elected deputy to the general court, and May 
7. 1685, he closed an exceeding busy and use- 
ful life. He was continuously in the ser- 
vice of town, colony and church until the 

last. He married Joanna , born about 

1610, died December 13, 1678. 

(II) Samuel, only son of Thomas and Jo- 
anna Munson, was baptized in New Haven, 
Connecticut, First Church. -August 7. 1643, 
died 1693. He was made a freeman of New 
Haven, May 9, 1667, and assigned in the 
meeting house a seat with fourteen others in 
the "second scat in the gallery." In 1670 
he was one of the thirty-nine men who signed 
the agreement to become "Planters" and settle 
in the wilderness north of New Haven, now 
W'allingford, Connecticut. Here he was as- 
signed a house lot on the "Long Highway" 
(Main street), and a farm of eight acres. 
He was chosen selectman in .April. 1672, and 
June 7 "Samuel Munson shall be allowed forty 
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Drum in good order for the yeare ensuing." 
In 1674 lie was again chosen one of five 
"townsmen." King Philip's war now being 
waged, he was appointed "Ensigne of Walling- 
ford Traine Band." Under date of Septem- 
ber 10. 1677, it was "voted that Ensign Mun- 
son shall have fourty shillings allowed him 
for meeting in his house this yeare." He 
was chosen "lister" in 1678, and one of the 
two sealers of leather. November 27, 1678. 
■ occurs the first mention of schools in the town 
record. December 24 it was voted to allow 
ten pounds for a schoolmaster and three pence 
per week for each scholar attending. April 
12, 1679, Samuel Munson was chosen to serve 
as the first schoolmaster. He was successively 
auditor, selectman, treasurer, and recorder of 
the town. In 1682 he apparently returned to 
New Haven to reside, perhaps to make a 
home for his widowed father, perhaps to be- 
come master of Hopkins grammar school. 
The earliest record book of the Hopkins gram- 
mar school begins with 1684, under date of 
January 4, "agreed that Ensign Munson go 
on with the grammar school at New Haven 
to make up his year current, and his allow- 
ance to be £40 per annum as formerly, also 
that trial be made of the sufficiency of the 
said Ensign Munson and if he be sufficient 
to instruct or fit hopeful youth for the College 
that he have £50 for the ensuing vear." Three 
months later he "laid down his charge," and 
was succeeded by a graduate of Harvard 
College. It is uncertain whether he was rector 
of the school one, two or three years. He was 
one of the sealers of leather in New Haven, 
1683-85-86, and in 1692, lister, and constable. 
This useful life ended the following year. He 
married, October 26, 1665, Martha, daughter 
of William Bradley. 

(Ill) Thomas, second son of Samuel and 
Martha (Bradley) Munson, was born March 
12, 1 67 1, died in Cheshire, Connecticut, Sep- 
tember 28, 1746. He was a husbandman, and 
resided in New Haven. He was favored in 
the distribution of his grandfather's estate, 
and dealt largely in real estate during his life. 
He held several of the town offices, and in 
1 7 16 was a contributor to the amount of land 
■donated to secure Yale College for New 
Haven. He thus assisted in founding that 
celebrated university which, a little later, was 
removed to New Haven from Saybrook. Like 
all the family preceding him, he was a mem- 
Tjer of the Congregational First Church, 
which he joined in New Haven, September 
25. 1735- His wife had been a communicant 
■of the First Qiurch since 1698. He mar- 
ried, September 15, 1694, Mary Wilcox, who 
■died November 28, 1755. 



(IV) Obadiah, fourth child of Thomas and 
Mary (Wilcox) Munson, was born in New 
Haven, April 3, 1703, died in Wallingford, 
April 29, 1773. He was a mill owner and 
farmer, and during his life he dealt exten- 
sively in real estate, residing in New Haven, 
Cheshire and North Haven (Wallingford). 
He is buried in the North Haven cemetery. 
He married, March 27, 1729, Hannah Booth. 

(\') Obadiah (2), eldest son of Obadiah 
(i) and Hannah (Booth) Munson, was born 
in New Haven, August 27, 1731, died May 26, 
1805. He was a mill owner and farmer of 
Connecticut, his home, until 1771, when he 
removed to the Wyoming valley, Pennsyl- 
vania, where he remained until 1778, when 
he returned to Connecticut (Plymouth), dying 
at Harwmton, that state. His residence in 
P.ennsylvania was in Luzerne county, near 
Pittston. "He purchased a tract of land on 
the eastern bank of the Susquehanna, built his 
log cabin and hoped to make for himself and 
family a permanent home." When the valley 
seemed in danger from Indians and British 
he left his family and went back to Connecti- 
cut to prepare a home for them. His wife 
died at the time of the massacre, and at least 
four of his sons were in the revolutionary 
army. During his absence the massacre at 
Wyoming occurred, and he never returned 
to the valley. He was a member of the First 
Church of Christ, of Harwinton, Connecticut. 
He was a man of remarkable constitution, 
broad-shouldered, and very strong. He could 
lift a barrel of cider and put it over the rave 
of a cart. He was a good business man and 
led an active, useful life. He married Rachel 
Tyler. 

(\T) Stephen, fourth child of Obadiah (2) 
and Rachel (Tyler) Munson, was born in 
Wallingford (now Cheshire), Connecticut, 
February 10, 1759, died July 9, 1824. He was 
a saddler and a farmer. At the time of the 
Wyoming massacre he was with the army 
of Washington at Morristown, New Jersey, 
in Captain Durkee's company. He was also 
a member of one of the "Valley Independent 
Companies" that saw much hard service. He 
is desvibed on the roster of Captain Durkee's 
company as five feet five inches tall, aged 
eighteen. He was a man of means and genial 
nature. He resided in various towns of Con- 
necticut, and in Westfield and Huntington, 
Massachusetts. He married, March 13, 1783, 
Elizabeth, daughter of William Andrus. 

(VII) Daniel, eldest child of Stephen and 
Elizabeth (.'\ndrus) Munson, was born Janu- 
ary 22, 1786, died at Huntington, October 7, 
1839. His early schooling was in Southington 
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moved to Westfield, Massachusetts, where he 
attended academy two winters. He "farmed 
it" during summers, and after leaving the 
academy taught a winter scliool at Blanford, 
the next winter at Chesterfield, the next at 
■Goth's Hill, and then at Falley's Roads. A 
sedentary life did not agree with him, and 
he gave up the idea of going to college, for 
which he had been preparing. He was a 
farn.er all his days. He served as constable 
in Norwich and three terms as selectman. He 
is remembered as a person of elevated char- 
acter and courtliness of manner. He was a 
Whig and Congregationalist. He married, 
January 18, 1810, Jerusha. born May i, 1786, 
died March 10, 1852. daughter of Ebenezer 
Fowler, of Westfield, Massachusetts. 

(MH) Garry, eldest child of Daniel and 
Jerusha (Fowler) JMunson, was born Decem- 
ber 29, 1810, died June 5, 1882. After leav- 
ing the district school he attended Westfield 
(Massachusetts) Academy five terms and then 
■engaged in teaching. In April, 1829, at the 
age of eighteen, he opened a store on Chester 
Hill in coimection with his father, and this 
business continued eight years. On the day 
he was twenty-one he began making twist but- 
tons, and the year following, the production 
of lasting buttons. In 1835 he was employ- 
ing over two hundred persons. After a few 
years the introduction of machine-made but- 
tons drove him out of the business. During 
the financial panic of 1837 he lost two-thirds 
of his property, and he removed to Spring- 
field, where for two and a half years he was 
a partner with Galen Ames in the dry goods 
business. In 1840 he removed to Huntington, 
where he took possession of the farms at Nor- 
wich Bridge, which had been owned by his 
father and' grandfather since 1807. He also 
opened a store which he operated for five 
years. He acquired a half interest in a lumber 
mill. In 1848 he built a store in the village, 
where he carried on business three and a 
half years until fire destroyed the building. 
For many years he was an extensive wool 
buyer. In 1870-71 he was a member of De- 
laney & Munson, with paper mills at Union- 
ville. Connecticut. In 1872 he became a part- 
ner in the Massasoit Knitting Mills at Co- 
hoes, New York. He devoted much of his 
time during his later years to the settleir.ent 
of estates. He was trial justice in the Hunt- 
ington district, and at the time of his death 
commissioner of insolvency, and president of 
the Cemetery Association and of Huntington 
Hall Association. Politically, he was a Whig 
and later a Republican. At the age of thirty- 
four he was electerl to the legislature, and 
was repeatedly elected selectman, h'or twenty- 



five or thirty years he was almost continu- 
ously moderator of the town meetings. He 
was a member of the Congregational church 
and one of the founders of the Second Congre- 
gational church in Huntington. When it was 
destroyed by fire he gave more than any other 
toward replacing it. For twenty-five' years 
he served as deacon. He was diligent in at- 
tendance upon public worship and in maintain- 
ing family worship. He keenly enjoyed family 
reunions, and for years he and three brothers 
had annual gatherings in their homes succes- 
sively. After his children began to form 
homes of their own he established the cus- 
tom of having them gather at the old home- 
stead every alternate Thanksgiving. He had 
rare sagacity, rare judgment, rare power to 
execute, and a rare wealth of practical in- 
formation. The judicial quality of his mind 
was noteworthy, and his proper function, had 
he been educated for it, was upon the bench. 
He was devoted to his family and gave his 
sons every encouragement, both in advice and 
practical help. He married, November 6, 
1833, Harriet Lyman, born October 10, 1810, 
died August 18, i860, daughter of Colonel 
and Deacon Samuel Lyman, of Chester, Mas- 
sachusetts. She bore him seven children. 

(IX) Samuel Lyman, fifth child of Dea- 
con Garry and Harriet (Lyman) Munson, 
was born in Norwich, now Iluntington, Mas- 
sachusetts, June 14, 1844. His early education 
was acquired in the common school, and at the 
age of twelve he entered Williston Seminary, 
where he studied three years. He then en- 
tered a Boston dry goods store, where he re- 
mained two years. Impaired health brought 
him back to the farm, where a year of out- 
door work restored him to vigor. After a 
course at the Bryant & Stratton Commercial 
School at Albany, New York, he became a 
traveling salesman for Wickes & Strong. 
Four years he remained with them, and then 
in 1867, in company with two other young 
men, established a factory for the manufacture 
of linen collars. Two years later he assumed 
sole control, steadily increasing his business 
until 1884, when he purchased the Hudson 
.\venue Methodist Church and converted it 
into a factory where he has since been engaged 
in the manufacture of linen and lace goods, 
employing about one thousand hands. In 
1889 he built another factory at Cobleskill, 
New York, for the exclusive manufacture of 
shirts. As an organizer to plan and con- 
duct a business Mr. Munson has few equals; 
from a very small begimiing he has built up 
a business of large dimensions. While he has 
always given the closest attention to his busi- 
ness, other interests have attracted him. He 



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has been trustee, secretary and vice-president 
of the Home Savings Bank of Albany, direc- 
tor of the National Exchange bank; trustee 
of the Chamber of Commerce, and chairman 
of its committee on manufactures. He is 
trustee of the Madison Avenue Reformed 
Church. His social clubs are the Fort Orange 
and County of Albany, and the Colonial, Ark- 
wright, and Republican, of New York City. 
He is a life member of the New England So- 
ciety of New York, and interested in the col- 
lection and preservation of family history and 
genealogy. He was a generous supporter of 
the "Munson Family History," and has his 
father's love of family and kindred. He is 
president of the Weekapaug Chapel Society, 
Weekapaug, Rhode Island ; governor of the 
Albany Qiapter of the Society of Founders 
and Patriots; regent of Philip Livingston 
Chapter, Sons of the Revolution, and a man- 
ager of the State Society. He is a member 
of the Masonic fraternity. He attained, by 
reason of long connection with the order, mem- 
bership in the Masonic Veterans' Associa- 
tion, of Albany, of which he became president. 
He is an extensive traveler, and frequently 
delivers lectures on travel and other subjects. 
His large collection of books afford him one 
of his principal recreations, and with golf, 
his favorite pastime, fill the hours of leisure. 
In politics he is a Republican, that having 
been, almost without an exception, the family 
politics ever since the formation of the party. 
He was a presidential elector in igoi. He 
resides in Albany, where, in a beautiful home, 
his large library of well-selected books, in- 
dicates his breadth of mind, and wide range 
of thought. 

He married, May 21, 1868, Susan Babcock 
Hopkins, born in Hudson, New York, June 
29, 1844, daughter of Lemuel J. Hopkins. 
Children, all born in Albany, New York: i. 
Harriet Lyman, March 8, 1869; educated at 
Miss Mackie's school, Newburg, New York; 
married Robert H. Lyman, managing editor 
of the Nczv York World, and has a daugh- 
ter, Susan Elizabeth, born November 18, 1905. 
2. Anna Hopkins, died in infancy. 3. Edward 
Garry, p-ebruary 16, 1873, graduate of Nor- 
walk Military Institute. 4. Paul Babcock, 
November 5, 1875; graduate of Norwalk Mili- 
tary Institute, Phillips Andover Academy, and 
Yale University. 5. Samuel L., May 3, 1878: 
graduate of Harvard, class of 1900, and of 
Harvard Law School, class of 1903. 6. Amy 
Treadwell, February i, 1881 ; graduated from 
Miss Runts-Rees' school, Greenwich, Con- 
necticut; in 1908 made a trip around the 
world. 7. Robert, October 27, 1888; prepar- 
ing at I.awrenceville, New Jersey, for ad- 



mission to Princeton University. Edward G. 
Munson is managing a wadding plant in Co- 
hoes, owned by Mr. Munson. The two next 
older sons are associated in business with' 
their father in Albany. 



William Munson, son of Wil- 
ML'NSON liam Oscar and Ann (Patrick) 
Munson, was born in Hebron,. 
Washington county, New York. He learned 
the trade of blacksmith, which he followed 
for two years in Hartford, Washington' 
county, after which time he went into the 
hotel business, first in Hartford, then in Mid- 
dle Granville, where he remained about twO' 
years, and then went to Granville and con- 
ducted the old Woodard Hotel. On the site- 
of the old building he erected the present 
Munson House, of which he was the proprie- 
tor a number of years, retiring in 1905. Since- 
then he has managed the Forrest House at 
Lake St. Catherine, besides engaging in real 
estate business. He has held the office of 
town supervisor. He married, July 10, 1882, 
Clarissa Caroline Lincoln (see Lincoln II). 
Children : Dr. William Leslie, of whom fur- 
ther; Oscar P., of whom further. 

(II) Dr. William Leslie, son of William 
and Clarissa Caroline (Lincoln) Munson, was- 
born November i, 1886, in Granville, Wash- 
ington county, New York. He was educated 
in the public school of Granville, Albany 
Medical College, from which he was gradu- 
ated in the class of 1908. He was house- 
physician and surgeon in Albany City Hos- 
pital from 1908 to 1909. He is now practic- 
ing in Granville. He is a member of the 
county and New York State medical societies ; 
member of Lodge No. 55, Free and Accepted' 
Masons, of Granville. 

(II) Oscar P., son of William and Clarissa 
Caroline (Lincoln) Munson, was born ini 
Granville, July 25, 1887. He was educated in. 
the public school of Granville and Troy Con- 
ference Academy. He entered Granville Na- 
tional Bank in 1907, and is now assistant 
cashier of that institution. He married Made-^ 
line, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Wes- 
cott) Woodard. Daniel Woodard, son of 
Daniel and Anna (Case) Woodard. married 
Mary, daughter of James and Lydia (Mar- 
ten) McNitt. Children: Lydia, married Wil- 
liam Shaw; James McNitt married (first) 
Georgia Bocker ; (second) Elizabeth -Stetson; 
Emma, married Captain Joseph Hays ; Daniel, 
of whom further; Frances; Martin; Ely, mar- 
ried Nettie Bush. Daniel, son of Daniel and 
Mary (McNitt) Woodard, was born January 
7, 1854, in Hebron, Washington county. New 
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James and Elizabeth (Warren) Westcott. 
Children: Ethel, married, December 25, 1908, 
Dr. W. D. Coolidge; one child, Elizabeth Bel- 
naj) : Allan J., born 1885, married Mary Al- 
len; Aladeline, born 1890, married Oscar P. 
JNlunson. 

(The Lincoln Line). 

Harvey Lincoln was probably born in 
Hebron, W'ashington comity. New York. He 
married Lucy Farrar. Children : Lucy, mar- 
ried David Thompson; Blossmer, died 5'oung ; 
^^■illiam P., of whom further; Lewis B., died 
young; Lewis A., died young; Homer, mar- 
ried Sarah Gardiner; Laura Louise, married 
Edwin Hannibal ; Merrett C, married Clarissa 
Rafbo. 

(H) \\'illiam Philetus, son of Harvey and 
Lucy ( Farrar j Lincoln, was born in Danby, 
^'ermont. April 11, 1822, died August 11, 
1885. He lived in Danby, Vermont, during 
his early life, then in Rupert, Vermont, and 
later removed to Hebron, Washington county, 
New Y'ork, where he resided until his death. 
He was a farmer, owning lands in these dif- 
ferent sections of Vermont and New York 
state. He was reared in the Baptist church, 
but later joined the Adventists, in which he 
became an active member, leading the singing 
for many years. He was a man of sterling 
integrity and highly respected by all who 
knew him. 

He married, February. 1844, i\Iaria Hay. 
Children: i. Helen R., born December 
30. 1844: married Charles Hudson, one 
son. Sidney. 2. David W., October 16, 
1846; married Fannie R. Burke; one son, 
Orien. 3. Lucy Ann, December 24, 1848; 
married Aaron Loveland : children : i. William, 
married Gladys Coolidge, and has one child. 
Kenneth ; ii. Frederick ; iii. Elbert. 4. Mary 
Augusta, March 31, 1851 ; married John 
Moore; Children: jay; Etta, married Charles 
Chamberlain, two children. Florence and 
Leon ; Minnie, married Ray Hanna, two chil- 
dren : Marietta and Earnest. 5. Clarissa Caro- 
line, married, July 10. 1882, William Munson. 



Peter and Charity Hull came 
HULL from England and settled in Nova 

Scotia a short time; from there 
they went to the town of Kent, in Connecti- 
cut. In England he was a merchant, and 
kept books and Stationery. Peter and Qharity 
Hull had one son. Daniel. 

(H) Daniel, son of Peter and Charity Hull, 
married Ruth Bamum. They went to the 
town of Queensbury, New York, where he 
took up a large tract of land; here he lived 
and died. He was a member of the Society 
^of Friends. Their children were: Daniel; 



Nchemiah; Benjamin; Joseph, of whom fur- 
ther; David; Ruth; Sarah; Phoebe. 

(HI) Joseph, son of Daniel and Ruth (Bar- 
num) Hull, was born in Queensbury, New 
Y'ork, May 28, 1795, died October 3, 1867. 
He was a member of the Society of Friends, 
and a leading farmer of his town. He mar- 
ried Polly Burnham, born April 25, 1795, died 
November 29, 1873. Children: i. Lorenzo, 
born December 12, 1819. 2. Clorinda, born 
December 4, 1821, died September 6, 1859; 
married John Piester; children: Mary and 
Halsey. 3. Nelson, of whom further. 4. 
Leonard, D. D., born August 7, 1828; he in- 
herited the Polly Burnham farm, which was 
granted to her patriotic ancestor in recogni- 
tion of his revolutionary services as captain 
of a company at Bunker Hill, and Lake 
George; Leonard, D. D., married Melissa 
Sweet; children: Eber, Annie (AI. D.) and 
Orville. 5. Orange, born October 27, 1830. 
6. Orville, born July 30, 1833; married Sara 
Louisa Adams; he removed to Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa, where he became an extensive owner 
of real estate, also having large tracts in 
Florida with orange groves at DeLeon, De- 
land, Daytona and Ormond ; he died in De- 
land, Florida, 1889. 7. Judson B., born March 
23, 1835, died August 21, 1867; married, in 
1859, Annie Foster; children: Charles, Jennie 
and Etta. 

(IV) Nelson, son of Joseph and Polly 
(Burnham) Hull, was born on the Hull home- 
stead at Glens Falls, New York, January 12. 
1824, died in Hubbard, Iowa, December 29, 
1899. Early in life he was in the furniture 
business in Granville, New York, until i86o. 
when he removed to Glens Falls to the farm 
inherited from his father, Joseph Hull. In 
1884 he removed to Hubbard, Iowa, where 
he purchased a farm. He remained there 
engaged in agriculture until his death. (The 
Joseph Hull farm is yet (1910) in the pos- 
session of the Hull family.) Nelson Hull was 
a member of the Society of Friends, and 
always adhered clo.scly to its most excellent 
tenets, and in both New York and Iowa was 
a recognized minister of that faith. He mar- 
ried, February 2, 1832. Hannah K. Dilling- 
ham (see Dillingham VIII). Children: i. 
Otis Dillingham, of whom further. 2. Jo- 
.seph. born July 4, 1854; married Josephine 
Staples; children: .Vnson and Orange. 3. 
Josephine, twin of Joseph, married Amos C. 
Norton ; children : James, Nelson, Joseph, Lena, 
Louisa, Otis and Elizabeth. 4. Lydia Eliza- 
beth, born March 22. 1859: married James 
E. Norton; children: Hiram, born 1884; Car- 
rie, 1890; George, 1892. 5. Nelson (2), born 
July 4, 1861, died September 8, 1862. 6. 



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Louisa C, born March 22, 1872, died Mav 4, 
1887. 

(V) Otis Dillingham, son of Nelson and 
Hannah K. (Dillingham) Hull, was born in 
the town of Granville. Washington county, 
New York, January 26, 1853, died November 
19, 1908. While still a boy his parents re- 
moved to the town of Queensburg near Glens 
Falls, where he was educated at the Glens 
Falls Academy. He inherited the Otis Dil- 
lingham farm from his Grandfather Dilling- 
ham, and early in life assumed its manage- 
ment. Later he sold his property, that is now 
a part of the village of Granville. Mr. Hull 
then went south and engaged in orange cul- 
ture at Daytona, and De Leon Springs, 
Florida. He remained in the south until 1900 
when he returned to Granville and engaged 
in the manufacture of slate. He was a mem- 
ber of Granville Lodge, No. 55, Free and 
Accepted Masons, a Knight Templar and 
Shriner. He married, October 23, 1876, Car- 
rie, daughter of Hiram and Hannah Norton. 
Oiildren : Lulu Norton, born February 17, 
1880, a resident of Granville: George Nelson, 
born October 8, 1882, a resident of Gran- 
ville. 

(The Dillingham Line). 

Edward Dillingham, born in England, died 
in Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1666. ( )f 
his life in America, French's "An American 
Ancestry," says: "One of the earliest comers 
to Lynn (1632) was Edward Dillingham, 
Gentleman, who bore arms and brought over 
considerable money to invest for his friends 
in Bitterswcll, Lancastershire, England. In 
1647 he became one of the ten original settlers 
of Sandwich. In 1647-48 we find him one of 
those to inventory the property of James 
Halloway and George Knot. In 1657 he was 
arrested and admonished for sympatliizing 
with the Quakers. He left but two sons, his 
only daughter having died in 1650." He mar- 
ried Druscilla , born in England, died 

in Sandwich in 1655. Sons: i. John, born 
in England, died May 21, 1715, in Maverick, 
Massachusetts ; married, March 24, 1650. 
Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Feake ; she died 
November, 1720. 2. Henry, of whom fur- 
ther. 

(II) Henry, son of Edward and Druscilla 
Dillingham, was born in .\ugust. 1672, died in 
Sandwich, Massachusetts, 1695. He was a 
resident of Sandwich and his will was pro- 
bated there August 25, 1705. To his .son John 
gave he "land from my dwelling house to 
Falmouth, part of which my son John now 
dwells on." He married, June 24, 1653. Han- 
nah I'err\-. Children: John, of whom fur- 
ther; Deborah, born December 21, 1659, mar- 



ried Daniel Wing; Dorcas, married Ralph 
Earl ; Edward, born about 1669. 

(III) John, son of Henry and Hannah 
(Perry) Dillingham, was born in Sandwich,. 
Massachusetts, February 24, 1658, died 1733. 
He was still a resident of Sandwich in 1702. 

He married . Children : Henry,. 

born about 1685; Edward, born about 1687; 
John, about 1689, married. August 11, 171 5, 
Jael, daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth Turner ; 
Mary; Jeremiah, born 1697; Meletiah, of 
whom further. 

(IV) Meletiah, son of John Dillingham, 
was born 1699, died January 25, 1786, at 
Hanover, Massachusetts. He is mentioned in 
the settlement of his father's estate. He 
lived in Sandwich until after his first marriage, 
but removed to Hanover before his first wife 
died. He was a large land owner, holding 
property in several adjoining towns. He mar- 
ried (first), in Scituate, Massachusetts, Oc- 
tober 28, 1723, Mary Curtis, died December 
17, 1727, aged twenty-four years. He mar- 
ried (second), in Hanover, February 18, 
1730. Phebe Hatch, died January 20. 1732. 
He married (third). January 2, 1735, at Han- 
over, Maria Giflford, born October 16, 1709, 
died December 21, 1784. Children of first 
marriage: Edward, born 1724 or 1725; Lem- 
ual. married, September 23, 1756, Sarah 
Palmer, of Hanover, daughter of Joshua and 
Sarah Palmer. Child by second marriage : 
Mephibosheth. born December 29. 1730, died 
June 9. 1 73 1. Children by third marriage: 
Lydia, born March 22, 1736, married Zacheus 
Gififord; Hannah, February 6, 1738; Content, 
June 30, 1739: Thomas, March 17. 1740; 
Joshua, of whom further; Meriba, November 
4, 1745: William, September 16. 1747; Ann, 
September 9. 1749; Phebe, January 14. 1757. 

(V) Joshua, son of Meletiah and his third 
wife. Maria (GifTord) Dillingham, was born 
in Hanover, Alassachusetts, March 21, 1743.. 
He married, July 6. 1773. Hannah, born Oc- 
tober 4. 1747. daughter of Thomas and Debo- 
rah Rogers, of Marshficld. Children, born in 
Marshfield. Massachusetts : .Stephen, of whom 
further; Deborah, born June 6. 1775; Otis, 
May 3. 1777; Joshua, December 11, 1779, diecf 
young; Lydia, twin of Joshua, died young; 
Joshua (2), December 7. 1782; Hannah. No- 
vember 3, 1783; Sarah. December 9. 1784; 
Rhoda. .April 9, 1787. 

(\\) Stephen, eldest .son of Joshua and 
Hannah (Rogers) Dillingham, was born in 
Marshfield. Alassachusetts, I\Iarch 6, 1774. He- 
married Amy Tucker, born September 15, 
1775, at Chappaqua, New York, died in West- 
chester county. New York. October \(\. 1856. 
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rah. died young; Abraham, of whom further; 
Hannah, married David Rogers ; Stephen, 
married EHza Rogers ; Otis, of whom further ; 
Reuben, died young. 

(\'n) Abraham, son of Steplien and Amy 
(Tucker) DilHngham, was born March 10, 
1800. He married Lydia Rogers, born June 
28, 1807, at Danby. \'ermont, daughter of 
Aaron and Dinah (Folger) Rogers. Child, 
Henry, born July 17, 1833. He married. Au- 
gust 22. 1854, Lillys, daughter of Russell and 
Jane (Hoag) Borden. Their daughter, Le- 
moyne Dillingham, born October 28, 1865, 
married, January 4, 1893, G. Myron Allen. 

(VH) Otis, son of Stephen and Amy 
(Tucker) Dillingham, was born Xovember 18. 
181 1, died July 12, ,1878. He married (first), 
June 12. 1832, Elizabeth Keese. of Peru, New 
York, born Alarch 3. 1810, died January 10, 
1845. He married (second) March 11, 1846, 
Lydia. daughter of Isaac and Mary Barker, 
of Granville, Washington county. New York. 
Children, all by first marriage : John K., mar- 
ried Sarah Potter; Hannah K.. of whom fur- 
ther ; Deborah, married William Huntington ; 
Edwin, died young; Eliabeth. married Anson 
Rogers. 

(MH) Hannah K.. daughter of Otis and 
Elizabeth ( Keese) Dillingham, was born Au- 
gust I. 1834. died May 4. 1900. She married. 
February 2. 1852. Nelson Hull (see Hull I\'). 



The surname Parker is derived 
PARKER from the Latin "parcarius," 

parkkeeper. or shepherd. 
Danes. Saxons and Normans all seem to have 
had the name at an early date. Parcum and 
de Parco are found in Domesday Book. As 
early as 900-925. in the reign of Edward I, 
a GeofTrey Parker is mentioned even before 
the common use of surnames in England. 
The family bore arms, that of the Browns- 
holme family of Parker, the pedigree of which 
is traced to William le Parker, of Wiztwistle. 
Lancashire, before 1400 is: Vert, a chevron 
between three stags' heads cabossed or ; crest : 
a leopard head afifrontee erased or, ducally 
gorged gules ; motto : Sepre Ande ( dare to be 
just). This coat-of-arms descended through 
the Park Hall and Staffordshire lines, and is 
that used by Sir Thomas Parker. Earl of 
Macclesfield. England. A Parker branch that 
settled in Dutchess county. New York, de- 
scended from James Parker, a taxpayer in 
Woburn. Massachusetts, in 1645. * 

(L) John Parker was born in 1799. died 
November 30. 1848, aged forty-eight years, 
ten months and sixteen days. He had a 
brother, Samuel, who had children : Philip and 
Philo, twins, who were of Shelbyville. Illi- 



nois. John Parker settled at an early date 
in Saratoga county. New York, where he 
engaged in farming and lumbering. He mar- 
ried Nancy McQueen, who died December 26, 
1888, aged eighty-four years, four months, six 
days, daughter of Robert and Betsey Mc- 
Queen. Robert McQueen died July 6, 1834, 
aged seventy-five years; Betsey McQueen 
died November 14. 1840, aged seventy-seven 
years. 

(II) Robert, son of John and Nancy (Mc- 
Queen) Parker, was born in the town of 
Galway, Saratoga county, New York. He 
engaged there in the lumber business and 
operated a farm. In 1888 he removed to 
Michigan, where he yet resides (1910). He 
married Margaret Timeson, who died in i860. 
Their only child was John Nicholas, see for- 
ward. 

(III) John Nicholas, only son of Robert 
and Margaret (Timeson) Parker, was born 
in the town of Providence, Saratoga county. 
New York, September 20. 1854, died in Sche- 
nectady, New York, February 23, 1907. His 
mother died when he was a lad of six years,, 
and his early training devolved upon an aunt,, 
who cared for him until he was ready to go 
out into the world and make his own way. 
This time came all too soon. He attended 
the winter schools, and in summer worked on* 
a farm, receiving, at first, six dollars a month, 
working at this wage for two years, when he 
was raised to eight dollars. After two years 
more on the farm he yielded to the charm the 
Erie canal had for the farmer boy, and se- 
cured a job as water boy, where he earned 
a good round dollar every day. His uncle, 
Hiram Parker, was proprietor of a hotel at 
Acqueduct. and for eleven years John N. lived 
with him. He was treasuring his dollars, and 
after eleven years had sufficient capital to en- 
gage in business on his own account. For the 
next seven years he conducted the hotel at 
Rexford Flats, at the same time operating in 
all kinds of farm produce, under the firm- 
name of John N. Parker & Company. He- 
shipped large quantities of hay, grain and 
kindred products, and conducted a profitable 
business, which he continued until his death. 
After disposing of his Rexford Flats' prop- 
erty he operated the hotel at .Acqueduct for 
four years. He built a fine residence at that 
place, which was his home ever after. He 
sold his hotel interest, and henceforth de- 
voted himself to his produce business, the 
public service in the state of New York, and 
to business interests in the city of Schenec- 
tady. He was treasurer of the Schenectady 
Paving and Contracting Company, a concern 
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kind in northern New York. He also had an 
interest in the Niskayiina Ice Company, and 
was a director of the Schenectady Trust Com- 
pany. He continued his successful business 
career up to the time of his death. In public 
life Mr. Parker was well known and promi- 
nent. He was a local leader in the Republi- 
can party, and influential in state party coun- 
cils. He was honored and respected as a 
leader in Schenectady county, and always 
proved a formidable opponent at the polls. 
He held many public offices in the county; 
was road commissioner; for two terms repre- 
sented his town on the board of supervisors, 
T)eing elected without opposition. In 1894 
he was appointed by Governor Levi P. Morton 
division superintendent of the eastern division 
of the Erie canal, going back in authority to 
the scene of his boyhood labor, and held this 
position twelve years. He was a capable of- 
ficial, and served his state well. At the time 
■of his death he was assistant superintendent of 
public works of the state of New York. He 
was a familiar figure at party state conven- 
tions, and frequently was a delegate to Re- 
publican national conventions. His public life 
was clean, and he always made it his boast 
that he never had a dollar which he did not 
■earn. He spent a life of active effort, and 
earned a deserved success. He was prominent 
in the Masonic order, belonging to St. George 
Lodge, Chapter and Commandery. and was a 
noble of Oriental Temple, Order of the Mystic 
Shrine. He was a charter member of 
Schaughmaugh-ta-da Tribe of Red Men, and 
■of the Benevolent and Protective Order of 
Elks. He married, October 14, 188 1, Kathe- 
rine, daughter of John Blair, of Schenectady, 
and Julia Blair, of St. Johnsville, New York, 
who survives her husband. Children: i. John 
Tiobert, see forward. 2. Ethel B., bom July 
21, 1884; married George G. Schieffelin ; 
•child: Richard G. 3. James C, July 20, 1887; 
educated at Phillips Exeter Academy ; now a 
real estate dealer of Schenectady ; married 
■Grace Gilbert. 

• (IV) John Robert, eldest son of John 
Nicholas and Katherine (Blair) Parker, was 
Ijorn at Rexford Flats, Saratoga county, New 
York, October 14, 1882. He was educated in 
the public school, Schenectady high school, 
Union Classical Institute, Albany Business 
College, Mt. Beacon Military Academy, Fish- 
kill, New York, and was graduated LL.B. 
from Cornell University, class of 1907. He 
was admitted to the Kentucky bar, and in 
1907 to the New York bar, and at once began 
the practice of his jirofession in Schenectady, 
as a partner of the law firm of Wemple & 
Parker. In 1909 this partnership was dis- 



solved, and he is now conducting a general law 
practice alone. He has always taken an active 
part in politics, following in the footsteps of 
his father. In 1909 he was the Republican 
candidate for the state legislature from Sche- 
nectady, being beaten by the slender majority 
of two hundred and eighty-seven votes. He 
is a member of the Episcopal church ; Sigma 
Chi (Cornell) ; Phi Delta Phi, a legal fra- 
ternity; Phi Psi, a preparatory school fra- 
ternity; Schenectady County Bar Association; 
Schenectady Board of Trade; Mohawk Club; 
Mohawk Golf Club, and the Press, Republican 
and Boat clubs of Schenectady. He married, 
July 3, 1907, at Newcastle, Kentucky, Fannie 
Symes, born February 21, 1883, daughter of 
]\iajor Sanford. of an old Kentucky family, 
and Fannie (Smith) Sanford, and grand- 
daughter of Charles Sanford. Mr. and Mrs. 
Parker have a son, John Robert (2), born 
September 12, 1908. 



From the time of the Dutch 
HOTALING ancestor, Mathys Hooghtee- 

ling, this name had caused 
deepest woe to those bearing it. on account of 
the many ingenious ways it can be spelled. 
Houghteling is one of the most common forms, 
but the tendency now seems to be toward 
the simpler form, Hotaling. Mathys Hoogh- 
teeling was born 1644 (it is supposed in Hol- 
land), died 1706. He is the first of his name 
in the Hudson Valley. In 1697 a patent of 
land was granted him in Rensselaerwyck in 
the present town of Coxsackie. He married 
Maria Hendrickse and had three sons and 
two daughters. 

(II) Coenradt, son of Mathys and Maria 
(Hendrickse) Hotaling (Hooghteeling), was 
born about 1667. He married, 1688, Tryntja 
Willemse Van Slyck, and had eleven chil- 
dren. 

(III) Willeni, second child of Coenradt and 
Tryntja W. (Van Slyck) Hotaling, was bap- 
tized January 17, 1692. He was a farmer and 
a freeholder of the town of Bethlehem, Al- 
bany county, in 1742. He married Lena Uzile, 
November 9, 1716, and had nine children. 

(IV) Jonathan, son of Willem and Lena 
(Uzile) Hotaling, was baptized September 
12, 1736. He married Jannetie Slingerland, 
November 2, 1754. He cultivated a farm in 
New -Scotland ancl Bethlehem, and died, leav- 
ing sons, Coenrad, Johannes and Wouter. His 
eldest child and only daughter was Neeltje, 
baptized September 28, 1755. 

(V) Coenrad, son of Jonathan and Jannetie 
(.Slingerland) Hotaling, was ba]itized Novem- 
ber I, 1761, died in the town of Berne in 1831. 
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death, was divided among his two sons, Aaron 
and Jonathan. Coenrad was an active mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal church, and 
was a class leader. He was a Democrat and 
a man of intkience in his town. He was twice 
married. Children: Aaron, of whom further; 
Jonathan, died in Montezuma, New York, in 
1903, leaving a son, Gabriel; Solomon, settled 
in the west, where he married, and had thir- 
teen children. 

(\'I) Aaron, son of Coenrad and Jaiietta 
(l')Ogardus) Hotaling, was born in the town 
of New Scotland, Albany county. New York, 
in 1797, died in the city of Albany in 1866. 
At the division of his father's property it 
was supposed that he got the less valuable 
half, but he later discovered upon it quarries 
of bluestone that made him a very rich man. 
Albany sidewalks are paved almost exclusively 
with flagstones taken from these quarries, and 
innumerable carloads have been shipped to dis- 
tant points. In 1855 he retired from the ac- 
tive operation of his quarries and settled in 
a comfortable home in Albany, where he died 
«leven years later. The quarries are located 
near Reedville, in the town of Berne, and are 
yet a source of supply for flagging purposes. 
He was originally a member of the INIetho- 
dist Episcopal church, but later became con- 
nected with the First Baptist Church in Al- 
bany. He was a man of religious nature, and 
lived a most exemplary life. Iij politics he 
-was a Democrat. He married, in 1826, in 
Berne, Mary (Polly) Rogers, born in Al- 
bany county about 1800, died in Albany shortly 
after the removal to th^ city in 1855. She 

was a daughter of Captain Thomas and 

(Wheat) Rogers. Captain Thomas Rogers 
was a soldier of the revolution. He was 
•extensively engaged in lumbering and gained 
bis title of captain from his river operations. 
He owned large tracts of timber in Washing- 
ton county, and drove his logs, when prac- 
ticable, down the Hudson to mills below. He 
was a well-known character, and with Dea- 
con Philips, established the First Baptist 
■church in Albany county, and was officially 
connected with it during his lifetime. He 
was one of the leading business men of his 
day. His two sons, Dr. Samuel and Dr. 
Hiram Rogers, went west, settled in Quincy, 
Illinois, wiiere they helped to organize and 
"build the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Rail- 
road. They became well known as prosperous 
business, rather than as professional men. His 
son, Thomas Rogers, was a farmer of New 
Scotland, and still another, Peniel, also set- 
tled in Quincy, Illinois, married, and left two 
sons, George, a prominent attorney of Spring- 
field, Illinois, and Hiram, leading druggist 



of Quincy. Captain Thomas Rogers died in 
Berne in 1849, in the ninety-first year of his 
age. Children of Aaron and Mary Hotaling: 
Hiram, of whom further; Oscar, born in 
Reedville, New York, 1830, died in New Scot- 
land in 1905; married Leah Loucks and left 
Harry, now a resident of New Scotland, and a 
daughter, Mariette Mickle; William Chaun- 
cey, died in Albany, 1904; married Eleanor, 
daughter of John Moore, of Albany ; they 
have no living issue; LoXiisa, married William 
H. Conger. 

(VH) Hiram, eldest son of Aaron and 
Mary (Rogers) Hotaling, was born in the 
town of Berne, Albany county. New York, 
March 16, 1828. He was educated in the 
public schools, and in early life was a farmer. 
He was especially interested in fine stock 
breeding, and owned some of the first Dur- 
ham short-horned cattle. In 1858, after the 
removal of the family to Albany, he engaged 
in the ice business in that city, which he 
prosecuted with such vigor that in a few years 
he had earned the title of "Ice King" of the 
Hudson river. During one year he had a 
complete monopoly of the city ice trade, sup- 
plying, in addition to the family trade, the 
large beef companies, hotels and restaurants. 
He became very prosperous and extended his 
operations to more distant points, not, how- 
ever, with satisfactory results. He was a most 
capable man of business and a hard worker, 
richly deserving the success he won. He affili- 
ated with the Democratic party until 1870, 
when he transferred his allegiance to the Re- 
publican. He now lives in quiet retirement 
in Albany, spending his summers in his home 
in the suburbs. He is a member of the First 
Baptist Church of Albany and a man of high 
character. He married, in Berne. Louisa 
Gardiner, died in Albany in 1892. She was, in 
later life, a member of the Baptist church, 
of deeply religious nature and truly womanly 
character. She was a daughter of Hon. James 
D. Gardiner, of the (Gardiner's Island, New 
York, family. Gardiner's Island lies three 
miles east of the most easterly point of Long 
Island, and is seven miles in greatest length 
and one mile in greatest width. The area 
is about three thousand, three hundred acres, 
some in barren hills, ponds and beaches. The 
island was first granted to Leon Gardiner, 
born in England about 1399. died in East 
Hampton, Long Island, 1663. For two hun- 
dred and fifty years the island has been kept 
in the family name and in possession of the 
descendants of the first owner, eight proprie- 
tors having lived in the mansion house. Leon 
Gardiner was a man of great prominence in 
earlv colonial atifairs, and had great influence 



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with both the colonial officials and with their 
foes, the Indians. He married May Wilem- 
son, born in Holland. The line of descent 
is through David Gardiner, son of Leon, and 
second proprietor of Gardiner's Island, which 
Governor Dongan erected into "One Lordship 
and Manor of Gardiner's Island," September 
II, 1686. 

James D. Gardiner married Catharine Sim- 
mons, daughter of one of the oldest Albany- 
county families, Colonel James Gardiner, an 
uncle' of James D. Gardiner, served in the 
revolutionary war, where he held the commis- 
sion of colonel, and a part of his equipment 
is still preserved in the family as a sacred 
relic. Hon. James D. Gardiner was a mem- 
ber of the New York state assembly in 1827. 

Hiram and Louisa (Gardiner) Hotaling had 
two daughters: i. Mary, born in New Scot- 
land; was educated in Albany, and died in 
New York City in 1892. She married Samuel 
Curtis Parks, no issue. 2. Anna H., educated 
in the Albany schools ; married William Cur- 
tis Saxton. She survives her husband and 
resides in Albany with her venerable father, 
they being the last survivors. She is a mem- 
ber of the Baptist church, and a woman of 
refinement and culture. William C. Saxton 
was born in Rockport, New York, died in Al- 
bany, January 18, 1910. He was finely edu- 
cated and became well known in the literary 
world as a strong and interesting magazine 
and newspaper writer. He was for many 
years connected with the department of state 
at Albany, resigning on account of failing 
health. He then engaged in Albany as a 
wholesale dealer in coal until his sudden death. 
In early life he prepared for the profession 
of law and was admitted to the New York 
state bar in 1878. He was a pleasing and 
forcible public speaker and often in demand. 
He was a brother of Judge Saxton, of Clyde, 
New York, ex-lieutenant-governor of New 
York state. 



The Pittz family of Albany, here- 
PITTZ in considered, of whom Dr. John 
Pittz is the head, descend from 
German ancestry. The grandfather of Dr. 
Pittz lived to be over ninety years of age. 
as did his father, John (i), who was born 
in Battledorf, Germany, in a Rhine province, 
in 1782. John Pittz, Sr., was a proficient 
musician, and served in the army of Napoleon 
the Great, followed that great commander in 
his disastrous invasion of Russia, and was one 
of the few who saw the burning of Moscow 
and lived to return to their homes. He was 
pensioned for his military service and lived 
many years to tell of that great campaign. 



He was a man much loved in his village and 
sought after for his musical attainments and 
general good qualities. He died in 1871, in 
his native province. He married Weyler 
Dreis, born in the same house in which she 
was married. Her father was also a soldier of 
the Napoleonic wars, and held an office under 
the government. Children : Nicholas, born 
July 17, 1 84 1, yet a resident of the German; 
town of his birth; he served in the German 
army; two of his sons are soldiers in the 
German army, and served in the Franco-Prus- 
sian war of 1870-71. Jacob, for many years 
a police guard under the local government, 
died in 1889, leaving a daughter Catherine. 

The eldest child. Marguerite, married 

Heunie, also a soldier in the war of 1870-71. 
Dr. John, see forward. Nicholas and Dr. 
John Pittz are the only surviving members 
of the family (1910). 

(II) Dr. John Pittz, son of John (i) Pittz, 
was born July 16, 1844. He was educated in 
the public schools. He was but a boy when 
an epidemic of fever carried off hundreds of 
the residents of his province, among them 
many of his own relatives. The boy seems to 
have been born with an aptitude for treating 
diseases. He gave water to the sick, although 
this was strictly forbidden by the physicians. 
He did it out of pure sympathy, and observ- 
ing that in every case they seemed to ex- 
perience relief he gave them cool water in 
abundance and his four cases all recovered. 
When the war between Prussia and Austria 
was being waged he was drawn and assigned 
to hospital duty. Although without medical 
knowledge his natural aptitude made him a 
valuable assistant, and he gained valuable ex- 
perience. He decided to adopt medicine for 
his profession. In August, 1869, he left home- 
and came to the United States, landing from 
the steamship "America" in New York, after 
a passage of eleven days. He proceeded tO' 
Albany, where he soon afterwards began the 
study of medicine under Dr. Albert Van Der- 
veer, and in 1872 was granted a diploma and 
state license to practice. He is a very suc- 
cessful physician and has a large practice all 
over the city. His success in fever cases is 
marked, few being lost. He is identified with 
the medical societies, and with the local Ger- 
man singing society, Cecilia and Harmonica. 
He is a trustee of the German Veteran As- 
sociation, and a prominent and popular mem- 
ber of German life and society. 

He married (first) Theresa Whitemier, 
who died soon after her marriage. He mar- 
ried (second), in 1878, Louise Heisler, born' 
in Albany. August i, 1859, of German parent- 
age. Her father, Martin Heisler, born No- 




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veniber 11, 1820, died in 1906. His wife, 
Mary (Smith) Heisler. died in 1878. Chil- 
dren of Dr. John and Louise (Heisler) 
Pittz : I. John, accidentally drowned in the 
Hudson river, at the age of fourteen years. 
2. Anthony, bom September 5, 18S1, with a 
wholesale fruit house of Albany; married 
Elizabeth Hughes : daughter, Louise, born De- 
cember, 1908. 3. Joseph, born May 15, 1884; 
painter : unmarried. 4. Louise, married Jacob 
Decker. 5. Edward, born June 29, 1892. 



Henry Adams, of Braintree, 
ADAMS Massachusetts, called thus be- 
cause he was one of the first set- 
tlers in that part of Massachusetts designated 
"Mt. Wollaston," which was incorporated in 
1640 as the town of Braintree. He arrived 
in Boston with his wife, eight sons and a 
daughter in 1632. The authorities at Boston 
allotted him forty acres of land "at the 
Mount" for the ten persons in his family, Feb- 
ruary 24. 1639-40. Henry Adams died in 
Braintree. October 6, 1646. His descendants 
have probably filled more high public ofiices 
in the L'nited States and rendered greater pub- 
lic service than the descendants of any other 
man who ever landed on the coast of Amer- 
ica. Every page of American history is en- 
riched by the deeds of an Adams. They 
alone can point to a son succeeding his father 
as president of the L^nited States, namely : 
John Adams and John Ouincy Adams, also 
Charles Francis Adams, who served as minis- 
ter to England. In law. business, church or 
state, they have been leaders. Sons of Henry 
.Adams, all born in England, were: i. Lieuten- 
ant Henry, killed by the Indians at his own 
doorway, February 21, 1676: his wife Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Moses Paine, was accident- 
ally shot the same day and died eight days 
later. February 29; Lieutenant Henr\- was 
the first town clerk of Braintree. Massachu- 
setts, and representative of the town in the 
general court. 1659-65-74-75. 2. Lieutenant 
Tliomas. married Mary Blackmore ; he was 
town clerk, selectman and representative of 
the town of Chelmsford. Massachusetts, to the 
general court: he died in Chelmsford. July 
20, 1688, aged seventy-six years. 3. Captain 
Samuel, married (first) Rebecca, daughter 
of Thomas Graves: married (seconds Esther, 
daughter of Nathaniel Sparhawk: he had 
four hundred and fifty acres of land granted 
him, near where the city of Lowell now is, 
and exclusive right to erect and run a saw- 
mill, provided he would sell boards at three 
shillings per one hundred : and another grant 
of one hundred acres and right to build and 
run a grist mill or corn mill, provided he 



would keep a sufficient mill and miller; he was 
commissioner to the court. 1667. from Chelms- 
ford. He died January 24. 1668-69. 4- Dea- 
con Jonathan, marrfed (first) Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Russell. He settled in Med- 
field, where his house was burned by Indians 
in 1676; he died 1690. aged seventy-one years. 

5. Peter, see forward. 6. John ;' there is a 
grave doubt as to John being a son of Henry 
of Braintree. So much has been written pro 
and con that it cannot be here stated that he 
was. By many he is believed to have been the 
sixth son. Thayer says : "John was in Chelms- 
ford 1654, after which we are not able to 
trace him." President John Quincy .Adams 
(see his letter in Gen. Reg. vol. XXXI\', p. 
67) says the ten persons in Henrv .Adams 
family for w^hom land grant was 'made in 
1640, were himself, wife, daughter and seven 
sons. John Adams was of Cambridge, and the 
progenitor of a large posterity. 7. Joseph, 
married Abigail, daughter of George and Mar- 
garet (Paddy) Bazter. of Boston; he was a 
""malster." and selectman in 1673 '• died in 
Braintree. 1694, aged sixty-eight years. 8. 
Ensign Edward, married (first) Lydia. daugh- 
ter of Richard and Agnes (Bicknell) Rock- 
wood: married (second) \\idow Abigail 
(Craft) Ruggles. of Roxbury. Massachusetts; 
he was of Medfield ; selectman and repre- 
sentative for Medfield in the gefteral court, 
1689-92-1702: he died in Medfield. November 
12, 1716 "the last of the original settlers." 

(II) Peter, fifth son of Henry .Adams, of 
Braintree, was bom in England, 1622, died 
about 1690. He settled in Medfield, Massa- 
chusetts, in 1652, his wife and son John com- 
ing with him from Braintree. He married, 
and had six children: i. John, see forward. 2. 
Rachel, married George, son of George and 
Marv (Adams) Fairbanks; she died 1678. 3. 
Dr. Peter, married Experience Cook, a 
teacher : he called the first preaching service in 
Medfield. making use of an old drum used in 
the Indian wars; Savage says he was a phy- 
sician of Medway; he died December 8. 1723. 
4. Hannah, married (first) John, son of 
Joshua Fisher; married (second) Joseph, son 
of John Metcalf: she died 1746. 5. Man.'. 

6. Jonathan (2). 7. Ruth. 8. Joseph, married 
Mary, daughter of Charles Davenport, of 
Dorchester. Massachusetts; his will was 
proved December 27. 1746. 9. Dr. Samuel, 
married Sarah Savin ; he was called a "cord- 
wainer. ■ and the records say he practiced 
medicine; he died 1731. lo. Henry, died 
young. 

(III) John, eldest child of Peter and Rachel 
Adams, was born in Braintree. Massachusetts. 
He was a farmer and removed to Canterbury, 



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Connecticut. He married (second), April 2. 
1685, Michael Bloice, of Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts. She is there recorded as "Mychall," 
daughter of Richard and Mychall (Jenneson) 
Bloice, also "Boyce." She was born April 
3, 1664, died February 26, 1724. Children : 

1. Samuel, died April 24, 1742; married (first) 
Mary Plimpton, (second) Margaret Adams. 

2. ]\Liry. 3. Patience. 4. Ruth, married 
Abraham Paine; they removed to Dutchess 
county, New York. 5. Josiah, died young. 
6. Captain John, died 1762, aged sixty-six 
years; he married Mrs. Abigail (Cleveland) 
Brown, daughter of Josiah and Abigail 
(Paine) Cleveland. 7. Isaac, see forward. 
8. Richard, died April 17, 1733; married Mary 
Cleveland. Q.John. 10. Abigail, n. Bethia. 
12. Captain Michael, died August 26, 1776; 
married Sarah Shuttleworth ; he was of 
Thompson, Connecticut. 

(IV) Isaac, fourth child of John and 
Michael (Bloice) Adams, was born in Med- 
field, Alassachusetts, January 30, 1697-98. He 
was of Canaan, Connecticut. June 28, 1751, 
he bought land and settled at Salisbury, Con- 
necticut, which he later deeded to his son 
Jeremiah. In January,' 1752. he deeded to his 
brother. Captain John, all his right and in- 
terest in his father's estate. He died in Salis- 
bijry, November 24, 1763. He married Feb- 
ruary 17, 1728, Zerviah Brown, of Canter- 
bury, Connecticut, who died in Salisbury, 
July 20, 1787, aged seventy-five years. 
Children: i. Phineas, married Elizabeth Sel- 
leck ; he was the executor of his father's will ; 
he died January 7, 1779. 2. Joshua, see for- 
ward. 3. Jeremiah, removed to Poultney, Ver- 
mont ; served in Captain Zebediah Dewey's 
company in March and October, 1780, and in 
1781 in Captain Abraham Moseley's company; 
he died in Hampton, Washington county, New 
York, May 23, 1816, aged eighty-four years. 

(V) Joshua, second son of Isaac and Zer- 
viah (Brown) Adams, was born in Canter- 
bury, Connecticut, June 2, 1731. He settled 
in Egremont, Massachusetts, where July 6, 
1768, Joshua Adams, yeoman, is said to be 
"of Tanconnock Mountain, in the county of 
P.erkshire, province of Mass. Bay." February 
2, 1772, Joshua Adams was "of Egremont," 
and deeded land to one Van Gilder, of Noble- 
town, Albany county. New York. Children, 
all born in Egremont, Massachusetts: i. 
Joshua (2), born 1757; enlisted in Captain 
Carr's company, Eighth Massachusetts regi- 
iTient, November. 1779. A Joshua Adams, 
supposed to be the same man, was a private 
from Egremont in Captain Ingersoll's com- 
pany. Colonel David Brewster's Berkshire 
regiment, enlisted May 22, 1775, and served 



for two months. "Joshua Adams, of Alford, 
Mass.," was awarded a bounty of two hun- 
dred acres of land, or $20 cash, for services 
in the Eighth Massachusetts Regiment. 2. 
Benjamin. 3. Dr. Peter Charles, see for- 
ward. 4. Peletiah, settled in Albany, New 
York; married Hannah Best, and died 1827, 
aged sixty-two years. 5. Thomas. 6. Char- 
lotte. 7. Olive. 

(\I) Dr. Peter Charles Adams, son of 
Joshua Adams, was boin in Egremont, Massa- 
chusetts, June 12, 1673, died September 3, 
1823. He was sheriff of Greene county, 1802- 
06, and represented the county in the state 
senate. 1806-09. He married, September, 
1785, Christina \'an Bergen, bom February 
26, 1767. died August 11, 1833. Children, all 
born in Coxsackie, New York: i. Dr. Henry, 
see forward. 2. Rhoda, married Isaac A. 
Hollenbeck, no issue. 3. Peter, died 1814, un- 
married. 4. William Van Bergen, died 1861, 
unmarried. 5. Herman Cuyler, died March 8, 
1876; married Adeline, daughter of Roswell 
Reed, of Coxsackie. 6. Eleanor Eliza, died 
1832, unmarried. 7. Anna Maria, married 
Walter R. Jones; she died July 31, 1845. 8. 
Charlotte Christina, married (first) Henry 
Tomlinson. (second) William Farmer. 

(V'll) Dr. Henry Adams, eldest son of Dr. 
Peter Charles and Christina (Van Bergen) 
Adams, was born in Coxsackie, New York, 
January 6, 1787. died at Cohoes, New York, 
July 6, 1857. He adopted the profession of 
medicine, and in 1849 removed to Cohoes, 
New York. He was a devout Christian, as 
well as a skillful physician, and was greatly 
esteemed in the city where he was 
known as the "beloved physician." Dur- 
ing the war of 181 2 he was brigade- 
surgeon at Sackett Harbor, New York. 
He is buried in the family plot at 
Coxsackie. He married, in 1823, Agnes, 
daughter of Anthony Egberts, an officer of 
the revolutionary army. Children all born in 
Coxsackie, New York; Hon. Charles Henry, 
see forward; Evalina M., born Januar)' 23, 
1830, died January, 1854, she married Rev. 
Charles Newman Waldron. LL.D., of Cohoes, 
New York, died in Detroit. Michigan ; Eg- 
bert p.. born 1832, died 1848. 

(VIII) Hon. Charles Henry Adams, eldest 
son of Dr. Henry and Agnes (Egberts) 
Adams, was born in Coxsackie, New York, 
April 10, 1824. 

He was educated at the Albany Academy ; 
after studying law he was admitted to 
the bar and practiced his profession in Al- 
bany until 1850. when he removed to Cohoes, 
and operated the Watervliet Mills in that 
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was not only a leading manufacturer of the 
city, and one of her most active, progressive 
business men, but was a most prominent and 
well-known citizen in public olificial life. He 
was elected the first mayor of Colioes under 
the city charter, was president of the water 
board that gave to Cohoes its wonderful sys- 
tem of water power supply that turns the 
wheels of industry in so many mills in that 
city. He was president of the First National 
Bank of the city of Cohoes many years ; presi- 
dent of the National Knit Goods Association, 
in fact while in Colioes was interested in all 
that pertained to the welfare of the city. He 
invested heavily in real estate, built the Eg- 
berts Woolen ]\Iills, presented the city with a 
much needed steam engine "as an expression 
of my personal interest in the welfare of the 
community." ("Adams steamer" is still in 
service, doing valiant service and successfully 
competes with newer rivals.) He built busi- 
ness blocks, fostered new enterprises, and was 
one of the purchasers of Grandview Park, 
and had it laid out as a park for the use of 
the city. He was greatly appreciated in the 
city, and when he returned from Europe, 
during his incumbency of the mayor's office, 
was accorded a most enthusiastic and cordial 
public reception. When the news of his death 
was made public, the flags on the City Hall 
were displayed at half mast and the general 
grief was most remarkable. Mr. Adams had 
a most distinguished political career. He was 
aide-de-camp with rank of colonel to Gov- 
ernor Hunt in 185 1, member of the assembly 
in 1857 : state senator, 1872-73 : member of 
congress from the Albany district, 1876. He 
was presidential elector in 1873, 3"'! was ap- 
pointed by President Grant United States 
commissioner to the World's Fair and Expo- 
sition in Vienna, 1873. About the year 1880 
he removed to New York City, where he 
continued to be interested in business. There 
he was president of the Mercantile Corpora- 
tion of the United States and South Africa ; 
director of the Bank Clerk's Corporation 
Building and Loan Association, and trustee 
of the Metropolitan Savings Bank, retaining 
as well his large interests in Cohoes. He was 
truly a man of affairs, and had many interests 
in life outside business and politics. He had 
artistic and scientific tastes that he gratified, 
and held memberships in the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art and the American Geograph- 
ical Society. He was proud of his descent 
from a famous ancestry, and connected him- 
self with the New York Genealogical and 
Biographical Society, and the Sons of the 
American Revolution. His social interests 
were conserved by membership in the Metro- 



politan Club and St. Nicholas Club of New 
York. He was of a most charitable and ben- 
evolent disposition, but so modest and retir- 
ing that his benefactions were known only to 
the giver and the beneficiary. 

He married, September 15, 1853, Eliza- 
beth, daughter of William Barnes Piatt, of 
Rhinebeck, New York. She died in 1866, 
leaving two children : Mary Egberts, born in 
Rhinebeck, New York, 1854, married Robert 
Johnston, of Cohoes, who died two years 
later, leaving a son Robert; William Piatt 
Adams, see forward. He married (second) 
Judith Crittenden, daughter of Chapman and 
Mary (Crittenden) Coleman, of Louisville, 
Kentucky. Children : Agnes Ethel ; Judith 
Berlina (Mrs. E. C. Converse, Jr.). 

(IX) William Piatt, only son of Hon. 
Charles Henry and Elizabeth (Piatt) Adams, 
was born in Rhinebeck. New York, February 
18, 1859. He is a lineal descendant of Presi- 
dents John and John Quincy Adams. Through 
his great-grandmother, Christina (Van Ber- 
gen) Adams, he is descended from Captain 
Martin \'an Bergen, who came from Holland 
in 1630, and also from Major Derrick Wessel 
Ten Broeck, mayor of Albany. His great- 
great-grandmother, Nellie Salisbury Van Ber- 
gen, was a great-granddaughter of the famous 
Admiral Salisbury ; his grandmother, .Agnes 
(Egberts) Adams, was a daughter of An- 
thony Egberts, who was an officer in the 
American army during the revolutionary war, 
and a sister of Egbert Egberts, the father of 
the knit goods industry in Cohoes, first presi- 
dent of the National Bank of Cohoes and the 
donor of Egberts Institute to the city. 

William Piatt Adams was educated at De 
Garmo Academy at Rhinebeck, from which he 
was graduated 1875. After finishing his pre- 
paratory course he matriculated at L'nion Col- 
lege, where he made an enviable record, 
graduating A.B., class of 1879. He won 
both the Clark and Allen prizes for excellence 
in literary work and was chosen class orator. 
He was prominent also in athletics, and on 
several occasions brought his college colors 
first over the winning line in running con- 
tests. In 1880 he formed a i)artnership with 
John L. Newman, of Albany, for the manu- 
facture of knit underwear, locating their mills 
at Cohoes, which has since been his home. 
This connection with Mr. Newman existed 
ten years, when both retired and have not 
since been actively engaged in public business. 
He represented his father's interests in Co- 
hoes, the latter having removed to New York. 
Since his father's death, in 1902, he has repre- 
sented and managed the .\dams estate, con- 
sisting of mills, business blocks and other im- 



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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



proved and unimproved real estate. He di- 
rects and manages his own private estate and 
serves as director of the First National Bank 
of Cohoes, and the Commerce Insurance Com- 
pany of Albany. He also has large real estate 
interests in Rhinebeck, New York. His taste 
for travel is abundantly gratified by frequent 
journeys at home and abroad, one tour of 
Europe and foreign lands extending over a 
period of three years, accompanied by his 
family. He is a Republican in politics, but 
the Adams love of public life and prominence 
is not one of his characteristics. In 1909 he 
was appointed by Governor Hughes one of 
the commissioners of the Hudson-Fulton cele- 
bration, October to November, 1909, and 
chairman of the committee to accompany the 
Governor on his up-river trip from New 
York City to Cohoes. At the latter city, 
which was the culmination point of the cele- 
bration. Governor and Mrs. Hughes were en- 
tertained during their stay by Mr. and Mrs. 
Adams at their beautiful home. In 1910 he 
is a trustee of Union College, and a member 
of the Graduate Council. He is a member 
and an elder of the Dutch Reformed church 
of Cohoes. He is a member of the college 
fraternitv. Alpha Delta Phi, and of the Alpha 
Delta Phi Club of New York City. He has 
been a member of the County and Castle 
Club, Isle of Wight, England ; the St. Nich- 
olas of New York City, and is a member of 
the Waterford Country Club ; University Club 
of Albany, of Troy Chapter, Sons of the 
Revolution, Dutchess County Society of New 
York, and the American Club in Paris. 

He married, January 23, 1884, at Red 
Hook, New York, Katherine Whiteman, born 
at Red Hook, daughter of Jacob W. Elseffer, 
born in Red Hook, September 6, 183 1, died 
November 15, 1907, a prominent attorney of 
Dutchess county, New York, and descendant 
of a family founded in that county a century 
and a half ago. In 1580 Louis Elzvier, a 
printer, left Germany for Holland to escape 
religious agitations, and soon thereafter books 
bearing the imprint of "Elzvier" appeared. He 
had seven sons, five following the business 
of their father and becoming distinguished 
therein, and the other two returning to the 
highlands of Germany. From this noted fam- 
ily of printers, whose fame spread through- 
out the civilized world as the printers of the 
Elzvierian Bibles, a male descendant came to 
America in 1738 and settled in Rhinebeck. 
Since then the now Elseffer family have been 
prominent in Dutchess county, holding vari- 
ous high positions in financial and political 
life. Through the Wliitemans the Elseffers 
are descended from Jacob Sharpe, who had 



conveyed to him and others by Governor 
Hunter in 1710 six thousand acres of land 
in Columbia county, in trust for themselves 
and the other Palatines. Jacob W. Elseffer 
married Delia Eliza Bonesteel, born at Clare- 
mont, Columbia county, New York. Chil- 
dren of \\'illiam Piatt and Katherine W. 
(Elseffer) Adams: Elizabeth Piatt and Kath- 
erine Elseffer. 

(The Piatt Line). 

The Platts were prominent in England in 

the time of Edward III. In the records of 

the Heraldry office in London it is called the 

ancient and honorable family of Piatt. 

(I) Richard Piatt was of English birth, 
and came to America in 1638, landing at 
New Haven, Connecticut. He was one of 
the founders of the town of Milford. where 
he was a landowner and deacon of the first 
church in 1669. His estate inventoried six 
hundred pounds sterling. He died in 1684. 
Children : Mary, John, Isaac and Sarah, born 
in England : Epenetus. Hannah, Josiah and 
Josiah, baptized in Milford. Isaac and Epen- 
etus settled at Huntington, Long Island. 

(II) Epenetus, son of Richard and Mary 
Piatt, was recorded as one of the land hold- 
ers of Hutington, Long Island, in 1666. With 
his brother Isaac he was imprisoned by the 
tyrannical Governor Andros. He was known 
as Captain Epenetus. In 1667 he married 
Phebe Wood, and died in 1693. His children 
were : Phebe, Mary, Epenetus, see forward, 
Hannah, Elizabeth, James. Jeremiah, Ruth 
and Sarah. 

(III) Epenetus (2). son of Epenetus (i) 
and Phebe (Wood) Piatt, was born April 4, 
1674. He was known as Major Epenetus and 
was a member of the colonial assembly from 
1723 to 1737. He died in 1744. Children: 
Epenetus (3), Zaphar, Uriah, Solomon, Eliza- 
beth and Phoebe. 

(IV) Epenetus (3), son of Major Epenetus 
(2) Piatt, owned a large landed estate. He 
was captain of militia. 

(V) Eliphalet, son of Epenetus (3) Piatt, 
was born July 12, 1733, died 1795. He was 
of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess county. New 
York, where he was ruling elder of the Pres- 
byterian church, and inspector of the Dutchess 
county presbytery. He married Mary Scud- 
der. Children : Henry, John, Jemima and 
Betsey. 

(VI) John, son of Eliphalet Piatt, of 
Pleasant Valley, was of Clinton, Dutchess 
county. New York. He was a deacon of the 
Presbyterian church of Pleasant Valley, and 
inspector of the Dutchess county Presbytery. 
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HUDSON AND xMOHAWK \^ALLEYS 



married Catherine Barnes. Children: Dr. 
Ehplialet. WilHam Barnes and Isaac I. 

I \"II) \^'i^iam Barnes, second son of John 
and Catherine (Barnes) Piatt, was born in 
Pleasant Valley. New York. He was a banker 
■of Rhinebeck, Dutchess county, New York. 
He married Sara Catherine Stoutenberg, of 
Hyde Park, New York. Children: John H. 
and Elizabeth. 

(\ni) Elizabeth, only daughter of William 
Barnes and Sara Catherine (Stoutenberg) 
Piatt, married Hon. Charles Henry Adams 
(see Adams VHI). 

(The Whiteman Line). 
Hendrick Werdman, afterward written 
^^'hiteman, an early settler of the town of 
Red Hook, Dutchess county. New York, came 
from Zurich, Switzerland, settling in Ulster 
county. New York. He married Claphena 
Kock at Esopus. They had been members of 
the same church in Zurich, and were be- 
trothed there. In 1748 he settled in Rhine- 
beck, acting as land agent, and the farm on 
which he located is still in possession of the 
family. He was a noted patriot of the revo- 
lutionary period, as was his son. On October 
— , 1777, a band of Tories threatened their 
house, but the Whitemans barricaded the 
doors and windows so effectually that the 
Tories withdrew. Jacob Whiteman drew 
wheat to the continental army quartered at 
Newburg. under General Washington. He 
started before daybreak with sixty bushels of 
wheat and returned the same night, traveling 
seventy-six miles. He married Catherine 
Neher, daughter of Frederick Neher, a 
farmer. He died in 1838, leaving two chil- 
dren, Henry and Maria Whiteman. Henry 
Whiteman was noted for his liberal opinions 
and his hospitality. He was a staunch fol- 
lower of Thomas Jefferson and strongly op- 
posed. He married Rebecca, daughter of 
George Sharpe. Their only child, Catherine 
Whiteman, married John Elseffer, who main- 
tained the reputation of Wliiteman Place for 
open-handed hospitality. John Elseffer was 
a magistrate for twenty-four years, and it 
was said that no decision made by him was 
ever carried to a higher court. He was a 
member of the legislature in 1843. He left 
three children : Henry D., Jacob W., and 
William L. Elseffer, all of whom had dis- 
tinguished careers. Jacob W. studied law and 
came to high station in his profession. He 
married Delia E. Bonesteel, daughter of 
Henry N. and Helen (Miller) Bonesteel. The 
Bonesteel family began in the county with 
Nicholas, who married Anna Margaretha 
Kuhns, and settled about 1714; a portion of 



the town of Red Hook is on his farm. Kath- 
erine Whiteman, daughter of Jacob W. Elsef- 
fer, married William Piatt Adams (see Adams 
IX). 



John Hall, emigrant ancestor of 
H.\LL the Halls of Westminster, Ver- 
mont, Troy and Hoosick Falls, 
New York, who are here recorded, came 
from Coventry, Warwickshire, England, in 
1630, to Charlestown, Massachusetts, perhaps 
in the fleet with Governor Winthrop. He 
was then about twenty-one years of age. His 
name is number nineteen on the list of mem- 
bers of the First Church of Charlestown at 
its organization, July 30, 1630; the church 
was removed and became the First Church of 
Boston. He was made a freeman. May 14, 
1634, was of Barnstable. 1640, and of Yar- 
mouth, 1653. He made his will July 15, 1694, 
in which he mentions eight sons. He died 
July 23. 1696, and was buried on his farm. 

He married (first) Bethia . Children: 

I. Samuel, married Elizabeth Pollard; had 
no issue, but willed his property to his widow 
and seven brothers. 2. John, of whom fur- 
ther. 3. Sheba, baptized in Charlestown, 
September 12, 1639, died in infancy. Chil- 
dren by second wife, Elizabeth : 4. Joseph, 
baptized in Yarmouth, July 3, 1642, died Riay 
31, 1716: removed to Mansfield, Connecti- 
cut: deacon of the first church of Mansfield 
and the first town clerk : married Mary 
, left no children, 5. Benjamin, bap- 
tized July 14, 1644, died in infancy. 6. 
Nathaniel, baptized February 8, 1646: fought 
as captain under Colonel Church, September 
30, 1689, in defence of Falmouth, Maine, and 
November 19. 1689, it was ordered that Cap- 
tain Nathaniel Hall take charge as command- 
er-in-chief of the forces. He was an inn 
keeper in Yarmouth and also practiced medi- 
cine to some extent ; finally removed to Lew- 
iston, Sussex county, Pennsylvania, near the 
Delaware river. He married Anna, daughter 
of Rev. Thomas Thornton, of Yarmouth, and 
left no children. 7. Gershom, baptized March 
5, 1648, died October 31, 1732; a millwright; 
he lived in Harwich, Massachusetts; was a 
selectman in 1710, continuing until 1722: a 
representative 1712-13-14, He acted as min- 
ister and received salary of twenty-six pounds 
yearly from the town of Chatham, also from 
Harwich. He married (first) Bertha Bangs ; 
(second) Martha Branball : five children. 8. 
William, baptized June 8, 1651. died June 11, 
1727, buried at Mansfield, Connecticut. He 
held rank of captain at Norwich, Connecticut. 

He married Easter, Esther or Hester — , 

the name being given all three ways in the 



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records ; four children. 9. Benjamin, baptized 
May 29, 1653, was found dead in his bed, 
February 7, 1678; a soldier of the Second 
Narragansett expedition, lived in Harwich, 
Massachusetts, and Mansfield, Connecticut. 
He married Mehitable Matthews and had 
three children. 10. Elisha, born 1655 ; in 
1716 was called "Ensign Elisha" and lived in 
Yarmouth. He was chosen representative in 
1703 and held office five years. He married 
Lydia and had eight children. 

(H) John (2), son of John (i) and Bethia 
Hall, was born in Charlestown, Massachu- 
setts, in 1637, died in Yarmouth, Massachu- 
setts, October 14, 1710, and is buried in Den- 
nis, a part of Yarmouth. He was a deacon 
of the Yarmouth church and lived on the old 
homestead in Dennis, where he and his wife 
are buried. He married Priscilla, born March 
10, 1643, died March 30, 1712, daughter of 
Austin Bearse, of Barnstable, who came from 
Southampton, England, in the ship "Confi- 
dence," April 2, 1638, aged twenty years. 
Children: John, born 1661, died in infancy; 
Joseph, of whom further; John, born 1666, 
married Margaret, daughter of Rev. John 
Miller, nine children ; Priscilla, born 1668, 
died in infancy ; Priscilla, born February, 
1671 ; Esther, April, 1672; Mary, March i, 
1674; Martha, May 24, 1676; Nathanel, Sep- 
tember 15, 1678, married Widow Jane Moore; 
removed to Lewiston, Pennsylvania, where he 
was living with two children in 1733. 

(HI) Joseph, son of John (2) and Pris- 
cilla (Bearse) Hall, was born September 29, 
1663, died January 29, 1737. He settled on 
his father's farm in Dennis ; was chosen 
deacon of the Yarmouth church ; selectman in 
1701 and held the office twenty-eight years ; a 
representative in 1715-16. He married (first) 
February 12, 1690, Hannah, born April 19, 
1666, died August 23, 1710, daughter of Rev. 
John Miller, first minister of the Yarmouth 
church. He married (second) Mary Pounce, 
widow of John Morton. She died May 31, 
1761. aged eighty years. Children of first 
wife: I. Hannah, born February 20, 1691, 
married, November 22. 1715, Ebenezer 
Crocker, of Barnstable. 2. Priscilla, March 
28, 1693. 3. Margery, February 24, 1695. 
4. Joseph (2), August 6. 1697; he was a 
deacon of the Yarmouth church ; married Re- 
becca, daughter of Paul and Mercy (Free- 
man) Sears; eleven children, five dying 
young. 5. "Daniel, of whom further. 6. Jo- 
siah, August 12, 1701, died April 9, 1758; 
married Rebecca Howes, eight children. 7. 
David, .August 6, 1704, died May 8. 1789: a 
graduate of Harvard College. 1724; received 
degreee of D.D. from Dartmouth College ; 



1777 was candidate for presidency of Prince- 
ton College at the time Dr. Jonathan Edwards 
was elected; minister at Sutton, Massachu- 
setts, sixty years until his death ; was of 
"noble bearing, intellectual vigor and fervent 
piety." A monument stands to his memory 
erected by the people of Sutton. He mar- 
ried, June 24, 1 73 1, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Dr. Jonathan and Rebecca (Berkley) Pres- 
cott, of Concord, Massachusetts. She died 
August 7, 1803, aged ninety years ; twelve 
children and probably more. (A young min- 
ister exchanged pulpits with Dr. Hall, and 
being at his house and seeing Mrs. Hall with 
a child in her arms and looking very youth- 
ful, asked her if it was her first child. She 
replied, "Yes, it is the first of the second 
dozen.") Children of second wife: Mary, 
born March 30, 1712. 9. Peter, May 19, 
1715: married Abigail Sears; five children. 
10. John, January 30, 1717, died January i, 
1792; married (first) Abigail Hay; (second) 
Elizabeth Sears; nine children. 11. Bathshe- 
bah, July 5, 1719. 

(IV) Daniel, son of Joseph and Hannah 
(Miller) Hall, was born July 15, 1699, died 
October 24, 1768. He lived in Yarmouth, 
Massachusetts, all his days. He was a dea- 
con of the church there for many years. He 

married (first) Lydia ; (second) 

Sarah Downs; (third) Rebecca Bangs. He 
had sixteen children, seven of whom are men- 
tioned ; there were two sons and seven daugh- 
ters whose names are not recorded: i. Daniel, 
born August 6, 1722, died August 3, 1774; 
married (first) Priscilla Paddock; (second) 
Jerusha Howes ; two children. 2. David, 
March 6, 1724; married (first) Tamsen- 
Sears; (second) Ruth Atkins; (third) Re- 
becca Crosby ; six children. 3. Lot, of whom 
further. 4. Joshua, May 5, 1737. 5. Ather- 
ton, March 7, 1748; married Ruth Crowell r 
nine children. 6. Peter, February 10. 1750. 
7. Samuel, March 7, 1752; married Elizabeth 
Sears ; six children. 

(V) Lot, son of Daniel IL'ill (l)y which 
wife cannot be stated), was born March 18,. 
1725. He resided all his life at Yarmouth, 
Massachusetts. He married Hannah Doane. 
Children: i. Daniel, born October 14, 1754 r 
he was a lieutenant on board the privateer 
"Arnold," and froze to death off Cape Cod, 
December 26, 1778, with seventy-seven others 
(see Freeman's History of Cape Cod). 2. 
Lot, of whom further. 3. Urian, born Sep- 
tember 17. 1759. 4. William. September 14, 
1764; married Polly ; one son. 

(VT) Hon. Lot (2) Hall, son of Lot d) 
and ITaniiah (Doane) Hall, was Ijorn at Yar- 
mouth, I'.arnstable county, Massachusetts, 



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1757. Little is known of his youthful clays. He 
was well educated, as is proven by his after 
career. At the outbreak of the revolution he 
warmly advocated the cause of the colonies 
and at the first opportunity entered the ser- 
vice. South Carolina, "beinj^ in want of sea- 
men," offered inducements to the young man 
through Elijah Freeman Payne, who fur- 
nished him with enlistment papers. Payne 
was then lieutenant of a twenty-gun ship, 
"The Randolph," lying at Charleston. South 
Carolina, coinmanded by Captain Cockran. 
He promised Hall a lieutenancy in the marine 
department provided he would enlist fifteen 
men and transport them to Providence, Rhode 
Island. Entering upon his task with energy, 
he secured twenty-nine men and a boy, resi- 
dents of Barnstable county, procured a 
schooner and conveyed his recruits to Provi- 
dence. At Stonington a vessel was procured 
with cannon and stores, named the "Eagle," 
and in her Captain Payne and Lieutenant Hall 
put to sea, intending to cruise to Charleston 
and there join "The Randolph." They took 
several prizes, one of them "The Spears," 
being placed in command of Lieutenant Hall 
as prize master. The ships became separated 
and the prisoners on board greatly outnum- 
bered the crew, mutinied and on September 
13' 1776, obtained control of the ship. They 
arrived at Glasgow, Scotland, and Lieutenant 
Hall was delivered to the city authorities, who 
ordered him imprisoned. Through Masonic 
friends whom he found in power he received 
many favors and was given unusual liberties. 
In April, 1777, he was released : on his way 
home, and within sight of the Virginia coast, 
when the vessel on which he was a passenger, 
"The Duke of Grafton," was captured by a 
P)ritish man-of-war of sixty-four guns, "The 
St. Albans," and the lieutenant was again a 
prisoner. His second captivity lasted only 
ten days. Through the efforts of Patrick 
Henry, then governor of Virginia, he was ex- 
changed and provided with a horse and money 
to enable him to reach ]\Iassachusetts. Many 
years afterward his descendants received pay 
for his naval services. On leturning to 
Barnstable he began the study of law and 
remained there until 181 2, when he removed 
to Vermont, first settling at Bennington. In 
1783 he was at Westminister. He rose to 
eminence in his profession : was elected to the 
\'ermont general assembly, 1789-91-92 and 
1808. In 1792 he was presidential elector 
and with his colleagues cast the vote of his 
state for George Washington and John 
Adams. He was. a fellow of Middlebury Col- 
lege, a member of the council of censors, and 
for seven years, 1794- 1801, was judge of the 



supreme court of the state. Of Judge Hall it 
was written: "He is one of the judges of 
the Supreme Court, which office he fills in 
such a manner as to reflect honor on even scv 
important a station." He died May 17, 1809, 
in his fifty-third year. He married.' in Boston, 
February 13, 1786, Mary Homer, of that city, 
an orphan, only fifteen years of age. She 
outlived her husband many years, died Feb- 
ruary 21, 1843, aged seventy-two vears. 
Under the title "A True Story," a romantic 
account of her courtship and marriage ap- 
peared in the Herald of Freedom in Decem- 
ber, 1789. The "A True Story" was again 
printed in the Barnstable Journal in August, 
1829, and reprinted in the Troy Daily Post,. 
February 21, 1845. 

(VII) Daniel (2), eldest child of Lot (2) 
and Mary (Polly) (Homer) Hall, was born' 
in Westminster, Vermont, 1787, died in Troy, 
New York, December 10, 1868. He was edu- 
cated at the University of \'ermont, and in 
1804 came to Troy, New York, where he 
began the study of law with A. Paine. He 
was admitted to the bar of New York and 
was actively engaged in the practice of his 
profession in Troy all his life. He was a 
careful, painstaking lawyer, a safe counsellor, 
but not an advocate. His was largely an 
office business and his clients" interests were 
well safeguarded. He was a Whig, and on 
the formation of the Republican party be- 
came an active, earnest worker in that or- 
ganization. He was a very strict observer of 
religious forms and always insisted that his 
family accompany him to public worship. He 
married Anjinette Fitch. She was a descend- 
ant of Thomas Fitch, the emigrant ancestor 
who came from Bocking, Essex county, Eng- 
land, with his widowed mother in 1635-38. 
He was in Norwalk, 1652. He is the ances- 
tor of Thomas Fitch, governor of Connec- 
ticut, and of all the family of Fitch claiming 
Norwalk ancestors. Children of Daniel and 
Anjinette (Fitch) Hall: Mary Olivia, died 
1909, aged over seventy years ; Fitz Edward, 

married, in India, < Sherldham and 

had several children : George Canning, born 
March 29, 1828, married Mary Marvin; 
Benjamin Homer, of whom further: Richard 
Fitch, of whom further; James Stephenson, 
of whom further. 

(VIII) Benjamin Homer, son of Daniel 
(2) and .Anjinette (Fitch) Hall, was born in 
Troy, New York, November 14. 1830. died in 
that city, .April 6. 1893. He prepared for 
college at Phillips Academy. .Andover, Massa- 
chusetts, and was graduated at Harvard, A.B., 
class of 185 1. He prepared for the profession 
of law by a thorough course of study and 



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was admitted to the bar in 1856. He was 
in the active practice of his profession in 
Troy from 1856 to 1893. He was city cham- 
berlain of Troy, 1884-85. He was a well- 
known author and a poet of local prominence, 
his works of that kind that are preserved 
being largely of a humorous nature. One of 
his poems, entitled "The Tale of the Whale," 
was published in the September number of 
Ottr Young Folks in 1866.' In it the author 
blends in verse the strange names of the con- 
temporary people of Rensselaerwyck in the 
quotations, describing the inspection of the 
^reat mammal (cast ashore on Whale Island, 
opposite Lansingburg in 1647) a-^d the dis- 
position made of its blubber; another read 
during the Centennial Celebration at Troy, on 
"The Naming and Progress of Troy," thus 
described the reception of the name at Albany. 

"But when next day a shallop, 

Sailed proudly down the stream, 
And brought the news that Troy 

Xo longer was a dream, 
The streets were all deserted. 

Each true Albanian wailed, 
A fast day was appointed. 

Five sturgeon vendors failed," 

Verse, however, was his recreation. For 
two years he was editor of the Troy Morning 
Whig, 1878-79. He published anonymously 
while at Harvard "A Collection of College 
Words and Customs," and on the authorship 
"becoming known, Jared Sparks, president of 
Harvard, presented him with three histories 
of Harvard, then extant, inserting in each 
volume, "Presented to Mr. Benjamin H. Hall, 
"by the Corporation of Harvard University, 
June 18, 1851. Jared Sparks, president." In 
1856 he revised the work. He published "A 
History of Eastern Vermont" (1858, new edi- 
tion 1865), "Bibliography of the United 
States," Vermont (i860) ; "A Tribute of the 
Citizens of Troy to the A^emory of Abraham 
Lincoln" (1865), and articles in the Harvard 
Book (1875) and in Sylvester's History of 
Rensselaer County, New York (1880). He 
was an eloquent, forceful orator and many of 
"his orations survive in published form. He 
was president of the Young Men's Associa- 
tion of Troy, and at their Semi-Centennial, 
December 12, 1884, read a most effective and 
interesting sketch of the, association. lie took 
an active part in the Troy Centennial, de- 
livered eulogies on Hon. John Paine Cush- 
man, David Buel, Jr., and William L. Marcy, 
on Historical Day, and on another day ad- 
dresses on Troy's "two great teachers," 
Emma Willard and Amos Eaton. He built 
the then immense "Hall Building" in Troy in 
1871, that is yet a noticeable feature of Troy's 



business streets. "A cultured, polished gen- 
tleman, an able lawyer and a true friend." 
He married, June i, 1859, Margaret McConn, 
daughter of Jacob L. Lane, of Troy. Chil- 
dren : Derick L., of whom further; Anjinette; 
John Griswold ; Mary Howard. Margaret 
McConn (Lane) Hall survives her husband 
and resides in Troy, New York. 

(VIII) Richard Fitch, fifth child of Daniel 
(2) and Anjinette (Fitch) Hall, was born 
September 24, 1833, in Troy, where his early 
education was obtained in a private school. 
He prepared for college at Phillips Academy, 
Andover, Massachusetts, and was graduated 
from Harvard University, A.B., class of 1854. 
In 1855 he established a wholesale lumber 
business at West Troy, near Watervliet, 
where he continued for twenty years in suc- 
cessful operation. He was superintendent of 
the West Troy Gas Company for nine years. 
January 17, 1855, he joined the Troy Volun- 
teer fire department ; in 1856 he was elected 
assistant captain of Washington company ; in 
1857-58 he was captain of the same company; 
from i860 until August, 1866, he was chief 
engineer of the department. In March, 1869, 
he was appointed fire commissioner and held 
the office twelve years. In 1870 he was 
appointed water commissioner and served con- 
tinuously until the commission was dissolved, 
a period of thirty years. In 1893 he was 
appointed superintendent of construction of 
the water works, and in 1900 superintendent 
of the water works, served four years and 
then retired. He was a director of the Na- 
tional Bank of Watervliet for twenty years; 
a director of the Rensselaer and Saratoga 
Railroad Company ; member of the Troy 
Chamber of Commerce ; trustee and secretary 
of the Troy Orphan Asylum; trustee of the 
Episcopalian Church Home ; member of St. 
John's Episcopal Church and Republican in 
politics. He was a man of great energy and 
a hard worker in whatever he undertook. He 
was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi and 
the Hasty Pudding Club of Harvard Uni- 
versity, and for two terms president of the 
Exempt Firemen's Association of Troy. He 
married, February 2, i860, Sarah Helen, born 
April 22, 1833, died August 13, 1899, daugh- 
ter of Wells and Sarah Helen Balding, of 
Troy. 

(VIII) James Stephenson, son of Daniel 
(2) and Anjinette (Fitch) Hall, was born at 
Troy, August 9, 1835. He was educated at 
private schools in Troy, was graduated from 
Phillips Andover ./Vcademy. class of 1854; 
Harvard University, A.B., class of 1858. He 
prepared for the profession of law and was 
admitted to the bar and for a short time was 



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in private practice. After abandoning the 
law he devoted his time to his real estate in- 
terests and those of his brother, Fitz Ed- 
Avard, and this has been his principal business 
throughout his life. He is a Republican in 
politics and an attendant of the Presbj'terian 
church. 

(IX) Derick Lane, son of Benjamin 
Homer and Margaret McConn (Lane) Hall, 
Avas born in Troy, New York, June 5. i860. 
He was educated in private schools at Nor- 
walk. Connecticut, and at the "Gunnery," 
A\'ashington. Connecticut. After completing 
his studies he returned to Troy and entered 
the employ of J. M. Warren of that city. He 
was an employee of the Troy post office for 
three years, and during his father's term of 
chamberlain of Troy was a clerk in his office. 
He was connected with the Walter A. Wood 
iMachinery Company for ten years, located in 
the central west. Returning east in 190 1, he 
purchased the newspaper plant at Hoosick 
Falls, and has since been editor and proprietor 
of the Standard, a weekly newspaper, Re- 
publican in politics and devoted to the in- 
terests of Hoosick Falls and vicinity. He is 
a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 
Hoosick Falls and has served as vestryman 
since 1896. He was one of the organizers of 
the Pafraet Dael Club of Troy, and is a mem- 
ber of the Hoosick and of the Hoosick 
Country clubs. He holds fraternal member- 
ship with the Benevolent and Protective Or- 
der of Elks. He served seven years in the 
Troy Citizens Corps and is now a member of 
the Senior Corps. He married, February 4, 
1892, Isabella Mary Flett, of Scotch parents 
who came to America in 1850. Children: 
Benjamin Homer, born November 14, 1893; 
Harriet Robertson, born November 21, 1899. 



This family name is of Saxon 
H.\LL origin. The settlers in England 

from the region about the city of 
Halle, in Saxony, for sake of distinction be- 
fore the use of surnames, were called de 
Halle, which became shortened to Halle, and 
finally to Hall. .\ large number of the name 
came to New England during the Puritan 
e.xodus from England prior to 1650. The 
name became common in Connecticut, and has 
been worthily borne. From among the many 
there recorded the family mentioned here 
seems to stand alone. The names and loca- 
tions are different, and cannot belong to other 
branches. Among the first to settle in Con- 
necticut were Josiah, Zadoc, Bashni and Libni 
Hall, supposedly brothers, who came from 
Wales and settled on what has become known 
as Hall Hill, at Somers. The line traces to 



the Troy (New York) family through Josiah, 
presumably the eldest brother, and who had 
sons, Joseph, Reuben, Alpheus and Josiah. 

' (II) Joseph, son of Josiah Hall, is buried 
at Somers, Connecticut. lie married, and 
had sons Joseph Nelson and Horatio. 

(III) Joseph Nelson, son of Joseph Hall, 
was born in Somers, Connecticut, August 15, 
1809. died September 27, 1864, in Windsor. 
His boyhood days were spent in his native 
town; after his marriage he resided for a 
time in Simsbury, then removing to Windsor. 
He married, about 1835, Wealthy Ann Lord, 
of East Windsor, born August 12, 1812, died 
October 27, 1897. Children: Adelaide, born 
December 31, 1836, died April 23, 1907, mar- 
ried Henry C. Woodward; William Lord; 
Caroline, born 1842, died 1861. 

(IV) William Lord, only son of Joseph 
Nelson and Wealthy Ann (Lord) Hall, was 
born in Simsbury, Connecticut, June 7, 1838. 
He was educated in the public schools. He 
began his business career as clerk in a mer- 
cantile house, and was so engaged until 1878, 
in which year he became associated with Mil- 
ler &• Bingham, manufacturers of shirts, col- 
lars and cuff's, at Troy. The firm was origin- 
ally established in 1866, when Justus Miller, 
A. P. Hamlin and Joseph Wlieelock began 
manufacturing collars and cuffs. The firm 
passed through various changes and in 1884 
was reorganized by Justus Miller. William 
Lord Hall and Charles E. Hartwell, as Mil- 
ler, Hall & Hartwell. In 1898 the firm per- 
sonnel was again changed. Mr. Miller having 
died and Joseph McKay being admitted, the 
firm took the name of Plall, Hartwell & Com- 
pany, William Lord Hall being the senior 
partner, and since that time the capable head 
of a vast business with which he became con- 
nected as an employee thirty-two years ago. 
For many years the firm have operated 
branches at Hoosick Falls. Mechanicsville. 
Albany, and several other places, furnishing 
employment to a great number of work 
people, and their business ranks with the most 
modern and progressive of twentieth century 
manufactories. Mr. Hall is also actively in- 
terested in other business concerns of im- 
portance. He is vice-president and director 
of the City National Bank of Troy, and in 
various ways shows his interest in the de- 
velopment of his city. He is a communicant 
and vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church, 
a member of the Troy Club, and in politics is 
a Republican. William L. Hall married. 
June 9, 1886. Lucia H., daughter of Lewis 
and Lucy (Vaughn) Cady (see Cady VI), 
of Bennington, X^ermont. Thev have no chil- 
dren. 



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(The Cady Line). 
The word Cady is derived from Ca-dia, a 
Gaelic word, meaning the House of God. 
Cadie is an old Scotch word for messenger*. 
As a surname the word has been variously 
spelled. Cade, Caddie, Caddy, Cadye, Kayde, 
Cadey and Cady, and, of course, in a variety 
of other less common forms. Families of 
this name bearing coats-of-arms of some an- 
tiquity are found in counties Essex, Kent, 
Suffolk and Gloucester, England. The sur- 
name is found in the ancient Hundred Rolls 
and was not uncommon as early as 1450 in 
county Sussex. 

(I) Nicholas Cady, immigrant ancestor, 
was born in England, came to this country, 
landing near Boston, Massachusetts, 1635, 
later settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. 
He and John Knapp, who appears to have 
been a relative, bought of William Potter, of 
\V'atertown, December 8, 1645, a house and 
land in Watertown. Cady deeded his share 
to John Knapp in August, 1650. Nicholas 
Cady married (first) Judith, daughter of Wil- 
liam Knapp, about 1648. William Knapp was 
a carpenter ; died at Watertown, August 30, 
1658, aged about eighty years. Nicholas 
Cady married (second) Priscilla Akers. 
widow of Thomas Akers. He took the oath of 
fidelity in 1652; was of the train band in 
1653. He removed to Groton, Alassachusetts. 
early in 1668, and sold his land in Watertown. 
He was highway surveyor at Groton in 1671. 
At the time of the abandonment of the town 
in King Philip's war, he went to Cambridge, 
where in 1678 he bought a farm of John 
Wincoll. He was a soldier in King Philip's 
war and was in Mr. Williams' garri.son. He 
returned to Groton after the war and served 
as surveyor in 1680-83-85-86. He was con- 
stable in 1685 and was corporal of the mili- 
tary company. He died prior to 171 2. Cady's 
pond, about a mile from the village of Groton, 
takes its name from him. Children, born at 
\\'atertown: John, January 15. 1650-51; 
Judith, September 2, 1653; James, August 28, 
1655: Nicholas, August 2. 1657, died young; 
Daniel, November 27, 1659; Ezekiel, August 
14, 1662; Nicholas, February 20, 1663-64; 
Joseph, mentioned below. 

(II) Captain Joseph, .son of Nicholas Cady, 
was born at Watertown, May 28, 1666. He 
married Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Mary 
(Waters) Davis, of (Proton, born August 12, 
1667, died at Killingly, Connecticut, Decem- 
ber 29. 1742. He went to Groton with the 
family when a child and served in the garrison 
defense of the town in 1691-92. In 1695 he 
was constable of Groton, and in 1699-1701 
was granted permission to keep an inn by the 



general court. He sold his holdings at Gro- 
ton, February 22, 1702-03, and bought one- 
hundred and fifty acres of land of Johm 
Chandler, of Woodstock, later Killingly, now 
Putnam, Connecticut, whither he went with 
his family and where he spent the remainder 
of his life. His farm was located north of 
the old Providence road, about one mile east 
of the village of Putnam. The site of the 
first log house can still be identified. He built 
a frame house in 1714 and at last accounts 
it was still standing, though not occupied. A 
short time before his death, Joseph Cady, Jr., 
sold this homestead to Darius Session, deputy 
governor of Rhode Island. In 1708 Joseph 
Cady, Sr., was chosen lieutenant of the train 
band of Aspinock ; in 1721 he was commis- 
sioned captain, and was engaged in Father 
Rasle's war. He was noted for his giant 
frame and physical prowess and gained great 
influence over the Indians. Tliis story is told' 
of him : "As Joseph Cady was one day cut- 
ting brush alone, an Indian approached him 
from the neighboring forest and expressed a 
strong desire to try the skill of a white man 
in wrestling. Cady thought to himself that 
if he could throw the fellow it might operate- 
to deter the Indians from hostilities against 
the settlements, and accepted the challenge. 
Both men struggled long and desperately, but 
Cady at last prevailed and the Indian was 
prostrated. L'nfortunately he fell among the 
brush which his antagonist had been cutting, 
and one of the sharp stumps perforating his 
skull, he died on the spot." Captain Cady 
had charge of the public lands of Killingly 
for many years and was useful in public af- 
fairs. He was townsman in 1728 and deputy 
to the general court, 1731-34. Children, of 
whom the six eldest were born in Groton, the- 
others in Killingly: Joseph, October 3, 1(590; 
William, about i6g2: James, November 22, 
1694; Isaac, January 17, 1696-97; .Abigail, 
January 22, 1(399; Stephen, June 16, 1701 ; 
David, mentioned below; Jonathan, baptized' 
April 4, 1714; Benjamin, baptized .■\pril 4, 
1714. 

(Ill) Captain David, son of Captain Jo- 
seph Cady, was born at Killingly. September 
17, 1703, baptized there April 4, 1714. He 
married, November 17, 1722, Hannah, born 
May 29, 1705, daughter of Thomas and Mary 
(Waters) Whitmore. He died at Killingly, 
November i, 1788; his wife died July. 1803, 
aged ninety-nine years. They joined the Kil- 
lingly church, October 18. 1726. He lived at 
Killingly on land deeded to him by his father, 
January 20, 1737-38. In October, 1747. he 
was commissioned captain of the train band of 
Killingly. Children, born at Killinglv : Sarah, 



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January 9, 1723-24; Hannah, Jul\' 2. 1725: 
Joseph, June 25, 1727; Bridget, December lo, 
1729; Mary, December 15, 1731; AHce, No- 
vember 17, 1734; Jerusha, October 3, 1736; 
Thankful, Alarch 4, 1739; Isaac, January 21, 
1741 : David, February 10, 1742-43; Jonathan, 
mentioned below. 

(I\') Captain Jonathan, son of Captain 
David Cady, was born at Killingly, June 14, 
1748. In January, 1775. Jonathan Cady, with 
others, contributed to a fund and secuied 
three acres of land in Killingly for a training 
field. He was commissioned May 18, 1774, 
lieutenant of the Fourth Company, Eleventh 
Regiment. Colonel Ebenezer Williams. His 
brother, Joseph Cady. was captain. Jonathan 
was commissioned captain May 25, 1779. He 
was a lister or assessor of Killingly in 1785. 
About 1790 he removed to Providence, Rhode 
Island, and leased land on what is now Cady 
street, and erected a house, the timber of 
which was drawn by ox team from his farm 
in Killingly. He was admitted to the First 
Baptist Society of Providence, July 25, 1805. 
In 1796 he was on a committee to procure a 
bell for the North Church, Killingly. His 
application for a pension on account of revo- 
lutionary service, dated August 20, 1832, aged 
eighty-four years, was granted as a lieutenant, 
January 17, 1833. He was a shoemaker by 
trade. He married, November 20, 1766. Re- 
becca Cady, his cousin, daughter of Benjamin 
and Elizabeth (Church) Cady, granddaughter 
of Captain Joseph Cady dl). He died July 
12, 1834; she died February 23, 1826. Chil- 
dren, born at Killingly : David, mentioned be- 
low : Shubael, May 6, 1770; Asenath, Febru- 
ary 19, 1772: Matilda, June 25, 1774; Per- 
melia, February 7, 1775, died August 21. 
1796. 

(V) David (2), son of Captain Jonathan 
Cady, was born at Killingly, December 12, 
1769, died December 7, 1837, at Providence, 
and is buried in Riverside cemetery in East 
Providence. He was a dyer by trade and dur- 
ing the war of 1812 was engaged in the 
manufacture of cotton cloth at West Green- 
wich. Rhode Island ; later he removed to 
Providence. He married (first) January 28, 
1789, Nancy Waterman, born October 26, 
1769, died May 22, 1812, buried at Thompson, 
Connecticut. He married (second) January 
5. 1813, Catherine, born April i, 1779, died 
May 7, 1836, daughter of Moses Lippit. Chil- 
dren of first wife, born at Killingly: Lucia, 
December 9, 1791 : Milton, August 3. 1792; 
Lewis, mentioned below ; Lawton, July 24, 
1796; Permelia. April 10, 1798; Wesley, 
February 21, 1800; Jonathan, January 9, 
1802; Eliza, October 4, 1803; Ann, Septem- 



ber 3. 1805; Susan J., August i, 1807; Re- 
solved Waterman, May 10, 1810; Christopher 
Allem, twin of Resolved Waterman. Children 
of second wife, born at Killingly: Tabitha, 
October 6, 1813; Moses Greene, December 
20, 1814; David, March 12, 1817; Rebecca, 
July 26, 1819; Shubael, February 10, 1821. 

(\T) Lewis, son of David (2) Cady, was 
born in Killingly, February 20, 1793, died at 
Bennington, Vermont, September 27, 1864, 
He married (first) Sally Smith, born Sep- 
tember 20, 1798, died November, 1814; mar- 
ried (second) Lucy Vaughn, born January 10, 
1806, died April 14, 1873. Child of first wife: 
Horace S., born August 30, 1814; married 
Eliza Dusenbury, born August 4, 1815, died 
March 11. 1888; he died August 20, 1879. 
Children of second wife: James, born August 
10, 1820, died July I, 18(59 ; Mary Ann, Sep- 
tember 13, 1823, died January 12, 1842; 
George B., March 5, 1826, died February 4, 
1893; Susan E., March 31, 1828; married Dr. 
Thomas H. Stuart; died September 18, 1907; 
Harriet L., October 30, 1830; married Cal- 
vin Norton ; died August 27, 1906; Jane Eliza, 
September 17, 1833; married Charles Hall; 
died October 12, 1862; William IL, June 6. 
1836; married Maggie Hunter; he died Feb- 
ruary 24, 1879; Lucia H., Mav 28, 1839: mar- 
ried William Lord Hall (see Hall IV") ; Mary 
A., April 29, 1842, died December 13, 1859; 
Sarah P., March 5, 1845, married Aseph 
Childs; died May 31, 1897. 



In Herald's College, Lon- 
WASHBURN don, vol. i. p. 54, is given: 
Washbourne, "A name of 
ancient Norman descent ; the founder was 
knighted on the field of battle by William the 
Conqueror and endowed with the lands of 
Little Washbourne and Great Washbourne, 
counties of Gloucester and Worcester." 
Burke's General Armory gives : Washbourne, 
county of Worcester, a family of knightly de- 
gree, previous to time of Edward HI. * * * 
Arms: "Argent on a fess between si.x mart- 
letts gules, three cinquefoils of the field." 
Crest : "On a wreath a coil of flax argent, 
surmounted with another wreath argent and 
Gules, thereon flames of fire proper." Motto: 
"Perseverd decogue confide." The name is 
derived from two words — wash, the swift cur- 
rent of a stream, burn or bourne, a brook or 
stream. The name is still spelled Wash- 
bourne in England, but in .'\merica Washburn 
is almost universal. The earliest form of the 
name was "de Wassebourne." 

John Washborne was the first secretary of 
the Plymouth council in England and was suc- 
ceeded by William Burgess in 1628. Whether 



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HUDSOX AND MOHAWK \-ALLEYS 



the same John ever came to America is a 
matter over which genealogists differ. In 
America the name is a distinguished one. 
Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Wiscon- 
sin have all had governors from the Wash- 
burn family ; three brothers served as con- 
gressmen from three states at the same time, 
and some of the nation's greatest men in civil 
and private life, statesmen, soldiers in all 
American wars, have borne the name. The 
emigrant ancestor of all the early New Eng- 
land families was John Washburn, there being 
strong probability and grave doubt as to 
whether he was the Secretary John Wash- 
borne previously mentioned or not. 

(I) John Washburn, born at Eversham, 
Worcester, England, settled in Duxbury, 
Massachusetts, in 1632. He and his son John, 
who came later, were among the fifty-four 
original proprietors of Bridgewater. Massa- 
chusetts, in 1645. They bought the lands 
from the Indian sachem, Massasoit, for seven 
coats of one and one-half yards each, nine 
hatchets, twenty knives, four moose skins, 
ten and one-half yards of cotton cloth. The 
transfer was signed by Miles Standish, Sam- 
uel Nash and Constant Southworth. He died 
at Bridgewater in 1690. His wife Margery 
bore him John and Philip, the latter born in 
1624, died unmarried. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Mar- 
gery Washburn, was born at Eversham, 
Worcester, England, in 162 1 ; married Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Experience Mitchell. By 
the marriage the Washburn descendants gain 
"Mayflower" ancestry, through Francis Cook, 
the Pilgrim. Jane, daughter of Francis Cook, 
married Experience Mitchell, and their daugh- 
ter married John Washburn (2). John (2) 
was eleven years old when he came to Amer- 
ica with his mother and brother Philip on the 
ship "Elizabeth." Experience Mitchell was 
with the Pilgrims at Leyden and came to 
Plymouth in the third ship, the "Anne," 1623. 
Children of John (2) and Elizabeth Wash- 
burn : John, married Rebecca Lapham : 
Thomas, married (first) Abigail Leonard; 
(second) Deliverance Packard; Joseph, mar- 
ried Hannah Latham, granddaughter of Mary 
Chilton, "the first to land at Plymouth from 
the Mayflower"; Samuel, born 1651. married 
Deborah Packard ; Jonathan, married Mary 
Vaughn ; Benjamin, served in Chipps expedi- 
tion against Canada ; Mary, married Samuel 
Kingsley. 1694; Elizabeth, married (first) 
James Howard; (second) Edward Sealey; 
Jane, married William Orcutt (2) ; James, 
married Mary Bowdcn, 1693; Sarah, married 
John Ames, 1697. John Washburn (2) died 
at Bridgewater before 1690. Samuel, his 



fourth son, was the ancestor of the Wash- 
burns of Maine. In that line the next seven 
generations bore the name of Israel, Joseph, 
third son of John (2), was the ancestor of 
ex-Governor Washburn of ]\Iassachusetts, 
1853. Samuel was also the progenitor of the 
family in Albany, New York, herein recorded. 

(III) Samuei, son of John (2) and Eliza- 
beth (jNIitchell) Washburn, was born in Dux- 
bury, Massachusetts, 165 1, died 1720, at 
Bridgewater. He was called "Sergeant Wash- 
burn." He married Deborah, daughter of 
Samuel Packard, who came from Windham, 
England, on the ship "Delight of Ipswich," 
and settled at Hingham, Massachusetts, 1638. 
Children: Samuel (2) ; Noah, married Eliza- 
beth Shaw ; Israel, married Waitstill Sum- 
mer; Nehemiah, see forward; Benjamin, mar- 
ried Joanna or Susanna Orcutt ; Hannah, mar- 
ried Joseph Keith. 

(IV) Nehemiah, son of Samuel and De- 
borah (Packard) Washburn, was born 1686, 
at Bridgewater, Massachusetts ; married, 1713, 
Jane Howard, and had issue. 

(V) Nehemiah (2), son of Nehemiah (i) 
and Jane (Howard) Washburn, married Re- 
lief, born September 21, 1729, daughter of 
John and Lydia (Lincoln) Joy, of Hingham, 
Massachusetts (see Joy V). Relief Joy was 
a sister of Lydia Joy. who married Timothy 
Edson, of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and 
removed to Stafford, Connecticut. 

(VI) William Edson, son of Nehemiah (2) 
and Relief (Joy) Washburn, was born in 
Connecticut, about 1750. He appears in Ot- 
sego county, New York, during the revolu- 
tionary period, in the towns of Milford and" 
Westford. The Edsons also were early set- 
tlers in Otsego county, settling in Milford, 
where there was a hamlet known as Edson's 
Corners. The Edsons and Washburns were 
connected by marriage and seem to have been 
close friends. William E. Washburn pur- 
chased land, married, reared a family and 
was a prosperous, respected farmer. 

(VII) Fliram Lucius, son of William Ed- 
son Washburn, was a contractor and builder. 
He removed to Albany, where he carried on- 
extensive building operations. He was the 
builder of a great many churches in the vicin- 
ity of Albany, and prospered. He later re- 
tired to a farm in Montgomery county. New 
York, in the section early farmed by the In- 
dians, also the scene of some of the fights 
with .Sir John Johnson and his Indian-Tory 
allies. Here he ended his days. He married 
Magdalcna T. Clark, and had issue. A tra- 
dition in the family is that the branch of the 
Clark family descended from a Sergeant 
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isig- 



British evacuated New York was too sick to 
be moved, was left behind, recovered, re- 
mained in America, married and reared a 
family. 

(\'III) Hiram Lucius (2), son of Hi- 
ram Lucius (i) and Magdalena T. (Clark) 
Washburn, was born in Westford, Otsego 
county. New York, June 14, 1840, died in 
Albany, September 5, 1904. He was edu- 
cated in the schools of Albany and at Ballston 
Institute. He studied law with Hungerford 
& Hotaling, attorneys, of Albany, and in 
1862 was admitted to practice at the Albany 
county bar, continuing in practice until his 
death. He was connected with several of 
the loan associations of that period between 
i860 and 1875 at Albany, and spent a great 
amount of time in the office of the county 
clerk, searching titles. He tried and won a 
famous case in New York legal reports in- 
volving the rights under the law of soldiers 
who had enlisted to fill unexpired terms. The 
decision in this case caused the United States 
government to suspend the granting of writs 
of "Habeas Corpus" for a period of six 
months, in order to hold soldiers to their en- 
listments, should they seek that remedy. He 
was greatly interested in the New York Na- 
tional Guard, and was instrumental in im- 
proving the marksmanship of the soldiers. He 
was inspector of rifle practice with the rank 
of major on the general stafif for ten years, 
and spent a large amount of his time in the 
performance of his duty. He was on duty 
at the time of the West Albany riots. He 
was at various times connected with the 
Third, Fifth and Ninth brigades, New York 
National Guard. He was a member of the 
Masonic order, belonging to Master's Lodge, 
No. 6, Free and Accepted Masons ; De Witt 
Clinton Council, Royal and Select Masters. 
He was a member of the Episcopal church. 
He married. April 18. 1866. Phebe, daughter 
of Joseph B. and Elizabeth (Holmes) Neemes, 
of Albany. Joseph B. Neemes was born in 
Cumberland county, England, and Elizabeth 
Holmes was of Welsh descent, born in Ches- 
ter, England. Children : Lucius Hiram, see 
forward : Elizabeth W., married Dr. William 
J. McKown, a practicing physician of Al- 
bany ; Katherine W.. married. June 3, 1896, 
Randall J. Le Eoeuf, son of Peter J. and 
Sarah A. (Saunders) Le Boeuf. 

(IX) Lucius Hiram, son of Hiram Lucius 
(2) and Phebe (Neemes) Washburn, was 
born in Albany, New York. January 12, 1869. 
He was educated in the public schools of Al- 
bany, and graduated from the high school. 
He studied law with his father and was ad- 
mitted to the Albany county bar, July 7, 1896. 



He has been continuously in practice from 
that date in Albany. His practice is general, 
but in real estate and corporation law and 
practice in the surrogate's court he devotes 
particular attention. He is a Republican in 
politics, and a member of the Episcopal 
church. His clubs are the Aurania and Un- 
conditional of Albany. He belongs to the 
Masonic order, affiliating with ten Eyck 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and Cap- 
ital City Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. He 
married. September, 1899, in Albany, Anna 
D.. daughter of John J. and Anna (Kirchen- 
er) Holler, of Albany. 

(The Joy Line). 

The earliest mention of Thomas Joy. the 
immigrant ancestor of most of the Joy fam- 
ilies in America, is found in tlie records of 
Boston, Massachusetts. He was born in Eng- 
land, about 1610, came to America between 
the years 1629-40. He was an architect and" 
builder. Until 1646 he was a prosperous, 
successful man. In that year his independent 
spirit brought him into collision with the es- 
tablished authorities, with disastrous results. 
His principal resistance was against the nar- 
row policy of the colonial government which- 
restricted the right of suffrage to the mem- 
bers of the local Puritan churches. He failed' 
in his efforts, removed his family to Hing- 
ham. and made his home in the Rev. Peter 
Hobart's parish. He afterward regained his 
fallen fortune, returned to Boston in 1656, 
and in 1657, in company with Bartholomew 
Bernard, was awarded the contract to build' 
the first "Town House" of Boston, which 
links his name forever with an interesting and 
historical edifice. This first capitol of ^iassa- 
chusetts stood for half a century. It was de- 
stroyed by fire in 171 1. and on its site was 
erected the "Old State House," one of the 
most venerated monuments of Colonial Bos- 
ton. Thomas Joy died October 21. 1678, 
aged sixty-nine years. He and his wife were 
buried in the Plingham churchyard back of 
the meeting house, which still stands, the most 
ancient Protestant church in the United 
States. He married Joan Gallup (Gallop), 
born in England, daughter of Captain John 
and Christabel Gallup. Captain John Gallup 
came from England in 1630 in the ship "Mary 
and John." He was a skillful pilot and Indian 
trader of dauntless courage, and distinguished 
himself on many occasions in the Indian war- 
fare constantly going on. His trading shallop 
was the principal means of communication 
between the Bay Colony and the settlement on 
Narragansett bay and Long Island sound. 

(II) Joseph, son of Thomas and Joan 



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(Gallup) Joy, was born April i, 1645. He 
was constable, carpenter, farmer and ensign 
of the "train band." He married jMary, 
daughter of John and Margaret Prince. He 
• died May 31, 1697. 

(HI) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) and 
Mary (Prince) Joy, was born July 30, 1668. 
He was constable, 1697-1711. His gravestone 
with the inscription still legible is in Hing- 
ham churchyard. It is the most ancient Joy 
grave mark in America. He married Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Thomas and Ruth Andrews. 
He died April 29, 1716. 

(IV) John, son of Joseph (2) and Eliza- 
beth (Andrews) Joy, was born February 7, 
1695. He married, December, 1724, Lydia, 

■daughter of Samuel and Deborah (Hershey) 
Lincoln. "Lydia Joy was admitted to the 
First Church of Hingham February 1728." 
Lydia Joy, his eldest daughter, married Tim- 

•othy Edson (2), son of Timothy (i) and 
Mary (Alden) Edson. descendant of John Al- 
den and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, of the 
"Mayflower," and of Deacon Samuel Edson, 
an original proprietor of Bridgewater, born 
in England, 1612. 

(V) Relief, second daughter and third 
•child cf John and Lydia (Lincoln) Joy, was 
Tjorn September 21, 1729. She married Ne- 

hemiah Washburn, a descendant in the fifth 
generation of John Washburn "the emigrant," 
<one of whose representatives in the ninth gen- 
■eration is Lucius H. Washburn, of Albany, 
New York (see Washburn V). 



A branch of the New 
WASHBURN England family of Wash- 
burn (see John Washburn 
I) .settled in Cortland county. New York, and 
from this branch Charles Spencer Washburn, 
•of Schenectady, New York, descends. Reu- 
ben Washburn settled in the village of Homer, 
Cortland county, New York, where he was 
•engaged in mercantile life as owner and pro- 
prietor. Some of the older inhabitants of 
Homer asserted that Reuben Washburn was 
the first merchant in the village, while Good- 
win, in his history, says John Coats was. This 
point cannot be settled, but the best evidence 
seems to prove that Washburn was the first. 
His store formerly stood between the Wind- 
sor House and Sherman's "Homer Ex- 
change." Reuben Washburn married and 
reared a family, one son becoming a noted 
physician. During the civil war he was sur- 
geon in a New York regiment, contracted dis- 
ease and died during the war period. Dr. 
"Washburn married a daughter of ex-Con- 
gressman Reed, formerly of Homer. His 
■children, Lucy and Arthur, removed to Cali- 



fornia, where they established and conduct a 
fashionable private school. Another son, 
Reuben Washburn, was connected with Wells, 
Fargo PIxpress Company, and died in the 
west. 

(II) George Washington, son of Reuben 
Washburn, was born in Homer, New York, 
where he was reared and educated. After a 
commercial training with his father in the 
Homer store, he became identified with a New 
York wholesale house as their commercial 
traveler. He was a well-educated, courteous 
gentleman, and a capable, energetic business 
man. His residence after marriage was 
Poughkeepsie, New York, and Brooklyn. He 
died October 14, 1854, at the early age of 
thirty-one years. He married in Watervliet, 
Albany county. New York, Laura Spencer, 
born in Waterford, Saratoga county, New 
York, died in Schenectady, daughter of David 
Spencer, born February 4. 1787, died Feb- 
ruary 2, 1859. He was of English descent, 
and an early settler in Waterford. His wife, 
Rachel Spencer, was born in 1785, and died 
in Waterford, October 7, 1842. Children of 
David and Rachel Spencer were: Dr. James, 
born July 11, 1810; became a physician and 
practiced on Staten Island, New Y'ork. 2. 
Eliza, January 22, 1813, died November 18, 
1826. 3. Caroline, November 6, 1815, died 
June 10, 1865 ; married, February 12, 1846, 
James Roy, died in 1878, noted as the maker 
of a famous weave of shawls known as the 
"Spencer," a very fashionable article of ap- 
parel in that day. 4. Anna, November 10, 
1818, died August 11, 1849; rnarried James 
Jewett, who died 1850, leaving a son David. 
5. Laura, July 24, 1823, died November 18, 
1891 ; she was a devout member of the Epis- 
copal church, and actively interested in church 
work: she married, February 12, 185 1. George 
Washington Washburn. Children of George 
Washington and Laura (Spencer) Washburn: 
I. Charles Spencer, see forward. 2. Caroline 
Roy, born August 26, 1853: married James 
M. Stewart, a civil and mining engineer of 
Philadelphia, where they reside; children: 
William M. ; Charles W.. died in childhood; 
James M. (2), died in early manhood; Roy, 
born 1898. 

(Ill) Charles Spencer, only son of George 
W. and Laura (Spencer) Washburn, was 
born November 15, 185 1. He was educated 
in the schools of Homer and Schenectady, 
New York. Subsequently was a clerk for a 
number of years in the Mohawk National 
I?ank. Went west to California and Nevada, 
two years later was also connected with G. 
G. Alaxon Sons, grain merchants. In 1882 
he became an associate of John Wiedcrhold in 




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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



1521 



the manufacture of woman's wear. The mills 
and factory of John \\'iederhold & Company 
are located at Schenectady, and it is one of 
the prosperous industries of that city. Mr. 
W'ashburn is actively engaged in the business, 
■chiefly in the office department. He is a di- 
rector and vice-president of the Mohawk Na- 
tional Bank, where his early business years 
were passed. He is a member of St. George's 
Episcopal Church, in which he has held sev- 
eral offices. At present he is a member of 
the vestry : junior warden and treasurer ; trus- 
tee of the Schenectady Savings Bank ; trustee 
of the Children's Home and Young Men's 
Christian Association. He is prominent in the 
Masonic order, belonging to St. George's 
Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of Sche- 
nectady. He is a member of Albany Con- 
sistory. Thirty-second Degree Scottish Rite. 
Politically he is a Republican. His clubs are 
the IMohawk and Mohawk Golf, both of 
Schenectadv. He is unmarried. 



The earliest Ostrander of 
OSTRANDER whom there is record in 
New York annals is Peter, 
a French Huguenot, who fled to Holland and 
thence to America with wife and three chil- 
dren. He settled at Esopus (Kingston), New 
York, where he died. 

(H) Peter (2), son of Peter (i) Os- 
trander, of Kingston, was born in Holland, 
1650, settled in Kingston with his father and 
there married, January 16, 1676, Rebecca 
Traphagen. 

(HI) Hendrick (Henry), son of Peter (2) 
and Rebecca (Traphagen) Ostrander, was 
born and reared in Kingston, New York. He 
became a large land owner and farmer. He 
married. May 12, 1724, Elizabeth Van 
Bommel. 

(IV) Wilhelm, son of Henry and Eliza- 
beth (Van Bommel) Ostrander, was born 
April 29, 1743. He was a lietenant in the 
Fourth Regiment, Ulster county militia, dur- 
ing the revolution and was at Burgoyne's 
surrender. He married, November 2, 177 1, 
Sarah, daughter of Dene Relyea, a French 
Protestant. Wilhelm and Sarah were the par- 
ents of nine sons and one daughter. 

(V) Philip, son of Wilhelm and Sarah 
(Relyea) Ostrander, was born in Dutchess 
county. New York, 1775, died in the town of 
Duanesburg, Schenectady county. New York, 
1850. Philip was a versatile character, had 
no settled occupation, but was always en- 
gaged in some profitable enterprise. He was 
a well-known Democrat and a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in 
Dutchess county, Eva Sager, born in that 



county, of early Dutch ancestors, died in 
Schenectady county when past ninety-five 
years old. Children: i. Jane, born in Dutch- 
ess county, New York, 1800, died 1894; she 
was most wonderfully preserved for her great 
age, being quite active and reading without 
glasses ; she married Joseph Durfay, a farmer, 
whom she survived, he dying at the age of 
eighty years. 2. Philip, of whom further. 3. 
Peter, born 1806, died unmarried at Guilder- 
land, aged twenty-five years. 4. Charles, born 
1808, accidentally drowned in Black Creek ; he 
married Sarah Stafford and left a son, Charles 
J., and others. 5. Henry, born 18 10, died 
1S97: married Eliza Bumzey, of Knox; chil- 
dren : George, Abraham, William, Edward, 
Edith, Charles, Elizabeth. 6. Abraham, born 
18 1 2, settled near Syracuse, New York, where 
he died at the age of fifty years ; he married 
(first) Eliza Judge; (second) Jane Gray, hav- 
ing issue by both wives. 7. Edward, born 
1814, died at Syracuse, New York; married 
Nellie Cheeney and left a son, William, and 
a daughter. 

(VI) Phihp (2), son of Philip (i) and 
Eva (Sager) Ostrander, was born in Duanes- 
burg, Schenectady county. New York, being 
the first child born there to his parents, Feb- 
ruary 16, 1804, died in the same town, April 
3, 1899. He was a farmer, carpenter and 
merchant ; a Democrat and a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in 
Guilderland. Albany county, August 7, 1840, 
Catherine Shoudy, born in Guilderland, Au- 
gust 14, 1823, who survives him, a resident 
of Schenectady, although in her eighty-eighth 
year she is very active, with clear mind and 
memory. She does a great deal of fine sew- 
ing without the aid of glasses and keeps up a 
course of modern reading. She is a devoted 
Methodist. She is a descendant of John 
Shoudy, born in Germany, who came to the 
United States with his parents when twelve 
years of age, settled with them in Guilder- 
land, where he died at the age of seventy 
years. He was a small, wiry, energetic man ; 
a blacksmith by trade. He was a member of 
the Lutheran church and a Democrat. He 
married Catherine Kiscr, born in Holland, of 
a wealthy Dutch family. The Kisers, for 
reasons unknown, left wealth and position to 
seek a home in the New World. They had 
twelve children, all of whom married and 
reared families. The sons all learned and 
worked at the blacksmith's trade. John, 
Israel, George, Henry. Michael, Nicholas. 
Peter, Magdalene, Catherine, Margaret, Bar- 
bara and Rebecca. Nicholas, the sixth son of 
Tohn, was born in .-Mbany county in 1800, died 
in 1876. lie followed the trade of blacksmith 



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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



all his days. He married Maria Vrooman, 
born in Albany county, 1800, died 1863. She 
was a daughter of Andrew and Nancy Vroo- 
man, of Dutch ancestry. They had several 
sons, Maria being the only daughter. Chil- 
dren of Nicholas and Maria Shoudy: i. 
John, born 1821 ; married Nancy Fryer; chil- 
dren : Nancy, Eliza, Margaret, George. Al- 
fred and Milo. 2. Catherine, married Philip 
Ostrander. 3. Margaret, born 1825, died 
1900; married Harmon Kettle, who survives 
her, a resident of Newago, Tioga county. New 
York, aged ninety years ; children : Erskine, 
Marshall, William, Malinda and Ann. 4. 
James, born 1827, died 1907; married Rosa 
Gill, who survives him, a resident of Delancy ; 
children : Lulu, Minnie, Alice, Hazel, Charles 
and Harry. 5. Nancy, married James Broach- 
am, a farmer, who died 1897 ; she survives 
him, a resident of Princetown, Schenectady 
county : children : Myra and Lela. Children 
of Philip and Catherine Ostrander: i. Mary, 
born May i, 1841 ; married John Delamater, 
of Albany, New York, who was killed by a 
railroad train in 1887; children: i. Walter, of 
Oneonta, New York ; ii. Horace, of Schenec- 
tady : iii. Earl, of Delancy ; iv. Elizabeth, de- 
ceased ; V. Ada, deceased; vi. Edith (twin of 
Ada), of Delancy; vii. Mattie, of Oneonta. 2. 
William J., a soldier of the civil war; 
wounded in battle, died at Fortress Monroe, 
Virginia, at the age of eighteen years ; mem- 
ber of One Hundred and Thirty-fourth New 
York ^'olunteer Infantry. 3. Margaret A., of 
whom further. 4. Maria E., born 1844; died 
1869; married Darwin Mott, of Cobleskill, 
New York, also deceased ; children : Lester 
and Nettie, both married and have children. 5. 
Adelia, born 1846; married Hugh Mott, 
whom she survives, a resident of Alplaus, 
New York; children: Viola and Bertha. 6. 
Sarah J., born 1850; married Sanford Becker, 
of East Cobleskill, New York, died Novem- 
ber, 1910; has a son Arthur. 7. John M., 
born August 4, 1853; educated in public 
schools, now helps run sister's homestead ; 
married Marv T. Hunt ; children : Darwin P., 
William K.. Elliott H., Margaret, Albert B., 
at home. 8. George, born 1858; resides in 
Schenectady; married Amanda Frederick; 
children: Ernest, Martha, Gertrude. Ilattie. 
All married and have issue. 

(VH) Margaret A., daughter of Philip and 
Catherine (Shoudy) Ostrander, was born No- 
vember 27, 1842. She was reared and edu- 
cated in Guilderland. and has for many years 
owned and operated a well-improved, well- 
stocked farm of one hundred and eighty acres 
on Norman's Kill. She married (first) in 
Guilderland, John Lenegor, a soldier of the 



civil war, a private of the One Hundred and 
Fifteenth Regiment, New York Volunteer In- 
fantry, Captain Van Deusen's company. He 
enlisted in 1861, leaving wife and infant son 
at his country's call. He was killed during the 
battle of Aluska, Florida, in 1862, and was 
buried with a brave soldier's honors on the 
field of battle. He had five brothers in the 
same company, one, Abraham, being killed. 
He left one child, William Ellsworth, born 
December 3, i860; married Emma Van Duren 
and has sons : i. Willard, married Belle 
Gross ; ii. Lloyd, unmarried ; iii. Abraham, at 
home. Margaret A. married (second) Jacob 
Pangborn, born 1843, died October 12, 1884; 
a farmer ; left one child, George, married 
Nettie Gotten ; children : i. Margaret, married 
William B. Grover and had daughter Doro- 
thy ; ii. Frank J., unmarried ; iii. Sarah J., 
unmarried. Margaret A. married (third) 
William Willie, born March 16, 1842, died 
October 23, 1906, adopted son of Peter Ball. 
No issue. Margaret A. married (fourth) 
December 24, 1907, William F. Filers, born 
in Rotterdam, Schenectady county. June 22, 
1864, son of Henry and Ann (Dubber) Filers, 
born in Germany, came when young to United 
States, married in Schenectady county, and 
died in Rotterdam, New York. William F. 
Filers is a Democrat, and both he and his wife 
attend and are generous supporters of the 
Lutheran church. 



Many of this name were de- 
TAYLOR scended from Taillefer. the 

Norman baron who took part 
in the battle of Hastings under William the 
Conqueror, and this name gradually changed 
to Taylefer. Taylour, Tayleur. Tailer, Tailor 
and Taylor. The surname Taylor is a very 
common English family name, and is found 
also very generally in Ireland. A branch of the 
family settled in the north of Ireland at the 
time of the grants to the Scotch and English 
Protestants, from whom the race of Scotch- 
Irish, so called, are descended. The Taylor 
family of the town of New Scotland, Al- 
bany county. New York, descend from this 
Scotch-Irish race. 

(I) Robert Taylor was born in Dublin. Ire- 
land, about the year 1757. died in New Scot- 
land. Albany county. New York, in 1834-35. 
He emigrated to America in 1783, and after 
a slow and stormy passage joined his uncle, 
Samuel Taylor, who had previously settled on 
a farm in New Scotland. He lived with 
his uncle, helped to clear and improve the 
farm, which on the death of Samuel came 
to him as a legacy. The property then was 
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Robert did not inherit the entire tract, but by 
subsequent purchases increased his holdings, 
until his acres numbered two hundred and 
seventy-five. At the time of his death he 
had a well-improved property on which he 
had erected a house and other substantial im- 
provements. This farm is still in the family 
name, and then comprised what is now known 
as the "Three Taylor Farms." He was a man 
of great energy and upright character. He 
married Mary Hotaling (also spelled Hough- 
taling and Hootaling). She was a descendant 
of the Tribes Hill branch of the family, and 
a descendant of the Dutch emigrant ances- 
tor. Robert and his wife lived to ripe years, 
and are buried side by side in the old Center 
Presbyterian Church burying ground, they 
both having been members of that congre- 
gation. Children: i. Matthias, born Feb- 
ruary i8, 1785, died February 24, 1846: he 
was a farmer of the town of New Scotland, 
where he was born : he married Phoebe Ir- 
win, born in Ireland, February 10, 1790, died 
January 26. 1862 ; he left children, two of 
whom yet survive (1910). 2. John, see for- 
ward. 3. Robert (2), settled in Rensselaer 
county, where he became a successful farm- 
er; late in life he retired to Albany where 
he died at the home of his daughter, having 
reached the extreme age of ninety years : he 
was twice married and had issue by both 
■wives. 4. Samuel, settled in Schenectady, 
where he was in trade ; later removed to Cen- 
tralia. Illinois, where he died leaving issue. 
5. Rachel, married Robert Coughtry. 6. Har- 
riet, married Joseph Moak. 7. Rebecca, mar- 
ried William Pangborn. 8. , married 

William Moak. and left issue. 

ril) John, second son of Robert and Mary 
(Hotaling) Taylor, was born on the original 
Taylor homestead in New Scotland alDout 
1790. died 1850. He succeeded to one of his 
father's farms, which he cultivated during the 
years of his active life. He became a mem- 
ber of the Dutch Reformed church, and was 
a Whig in politics. He married, in New 
Scotland. Christianna, born in Guilderland, 
Albany county. New York, 1796. died in 1882. 
daughter of Rev. Harmanus Van Huysen, an 
early minister of the Dutch Reformed church 
filling every Sunday three or four different 
pulpits widely separated. He traveled after 
the fashion of the early itinerant minister, 
on horseback with saddle bags, and was ac- 
companied by his daughter who rode behind 
him. He was well known about the country, 
where his services were m constant demand 
at weddings, funerals and baptisms. In addi- 
tion to his ministerial labors, he cultivated a 
farm, now occupied by Robert Boyd Taylor. 



He was a soldier in revolutionary war. He 
married Rachel Van Der Bogert. The \'an 
Huysens and the Van Der Bogerts were 
among the early Dutch settlers of Albany 
county. Children of John and Christianna 
(Van Huysen) Taylor: i. James, a farmer 
of New Scotland, who after "his active years 
were ended retired to Amsterdam, New York, 
where he died at the age of seventy-five years ; 
he married Hannah Houck, and had 'a son 
John L., who died in youthful manhood. 2. 
Mary J., married Israel Goodfellow, a farmer 
of Guilderland ; children : James, Louise, 
Christianna. 3. Rachel, died unmarried. 4. 
Harriet, married Nicholas Houck, who sur- 
vives her, a resident of Clarksville, aged nine- 
ty-three years ; they have many descendants. 
5. John V. H., married Lucy Mitchell, died 
aged thirty years; left a son William James, 
now a resident of Chicigo, Illinois, married 
Florence Rockwell, no issue. 6. Sarah L.. 
married Guilian Van O'Linda, both deceased, 
leaving daughters, Christianna. died after her 
marriage to Winfield L. Young, no issue : ii. 
Catherine, married William Mathias, and has 
Floyd and Whitney. 7. Robert Boyd, see for- 
ward. 8. Eve Ann, who on August 10, 1910, 
celebrated her seventy-ninth birthday ; she is 
unmarried. 9. Eliza, died unmarried, aged 
twenty-three years. 10. Catherine, deceased, 
married William Hendrickson ; had daughter, 
died in infancy. 

(HI) Robert Boyd, son of John and Chri.s- 
tianna (Van Huysen) Taylor, was born at the 
Taylor homestead, New Scotland, Albany 
county, New York, March 10, 1829. He was 
educated in the public schools, and remained 
at home until his marriage when he settled 
on the farm near the homestead, which he 
yet owns. He has been a farmer all his life. 
He is a Republican in politics, and has been 
a deacon and elder of the Reformed church 
for many years. He married, December 7, 
1852. in New Scotland. Elizabeth, born .Au- 
gust 17, 1831, died November 28, 1909, 
daughter of Peter and Mary (Ostrander) 
Furbeck, both of New Scotland. Peter Fur- 
beck was a farmer all his life, and died on 
the farm upon which he was born. He was 
a son of John Furbeck. who enlisted from 
Holland in the English army for service in 
America during the revolution. He was cap- 
tured by the Colonials, and after his release 
enlisted in the revolutionary army and fought 
for the cause of freedom. He was accom- 
panied in this experience by his boyhood 

friend, McKimbe. After the war was 

over, he purchased land in New Scotland, 
which became the family homestead for sev- 
eral generations. He married Coons. 



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They lived to a ^reat age, were members 
of tiie Presbyterian church of New Scotland, 
and are buried in the cemetery of that con- 
gresjation. Children of Robert Boyd and Eliz- 
abeth (Furbeck) Taylor: i. Alfred J., see 
forward. 2. Mary Ann, died unmarried, aged 
eighteen year?. 3. John Boyd, now connec- 
ted \\ith the General Electric Works, Sche- 
nectady, New York; married Catherine 
Wands ; children : Vreeland Rensselaer, Char- 
lotte, Stanley. 4. Peter Rensselaer, a farmer 
of the home acres; married Nellie Wands; 
children : Clara, born 1895 : Dudley Alcott, 
born 1900. 5. Ella, died in infancy. This 
family are all members of the Reformed 
church, and the men are voters of the Re- 
publican party. The mother was a woman of 
noble character, an active church worker and 
died deeply lamented. 

(R') Alfred J., oldest son of Robert Boyd 
and Elizabeth (Furbeck) Taylor, was born 
at the home farm in New Scotland, Albany 
county. New York, June 19, 1854. He was 
educated in the town schools, and was reared 
a farmer, an occupation he successfully fol- 
lowed. He now resides on a fine farm on 
the state road, near New Salem. He has 
been a deacon and an elder of the Reformed 
church for many years. Politically he is a Re- 
publican. He married. December 30, 1874, in 
New Scotland, Anna Prudence, born on the 
McMillan homestead farm, which is now her 
home, daughter of William J. and Elizabeth 
W. (Rushmore) McMillan, and great-grand- 
daughter of Alexander McMillan, born in 
New Scotland, of Scotch parentage. Her an- 
cestors were early settlers in the town. He 
married Smith. He died aged eighty- 
six years, and she died in middle life. Alex- 
ander McMillan had children: i. John, see 
forward. 2. Andrew, married Eliza Young; 
children: Alden, David, John, Alexander. 3. 
James A., veteran in rebellion; a farmer of 
Schoharie county, deceased; had three wives, 
and by the first had issue. 4. Aaron, a farm- 
er near Clarksville, now deceased; children: 
Jacob, William, Nelson and Helen. 5. Cath- 
erine, deceased, married Matthew Young. 6. 
William, deceased ; married Margaret Sager. 
7. Mary, deceased ; married Robert Moak, 
who lives in New Scotland. 8. Alexander, de- 
ceased ; married Margaret Van Schaick, and 
left issue. His widow married (second) Rob- 
ert Moak, former husband of Mary. John, 
eldest son of Alexander McMillan, was born 
in New Scotland about 1818, died aged sev- 
enty. He married Prudence McCulloch. born 
in 1813, died July 9, 1909, in her ninety-sev- 
enth year. They had children : i. William J., 
see forward. 2. Charles, born 1836; married 



Catherine Houck ; one son Frank, who mar- 
ried Lizzie Relyea. 3. Hannah Catherine, 
1837; married Thomas Tygart, of Voorhees- 
ville ; deputy sheriff of Albany county, New 
York, since 1900 ; one son, William. 4. Alex- 
ander, of Voorheesville ; married Hannah Ty- 
gart ; children : Laura, deceased ; Estelle, 
Ruth, Grace and Maud, the latter deceased. 
William J., eldest son of John and Prudence 
(McCulloch) McMillan, settled on the farm 
now owned by his daughter, Mrs. Alfred J. 
Taylor, which he successfully cultivated all 
his life. He was a Republican in politics. 
He was reared in the faith of the Reformed 
church, hut later became with his wife a mem- 
ber of the Society of Friends, in which faith 
they died. He married Elizabeth W. Rush- 
more, born on the old Rushmore farm on 
which she lived after her marriage. She was 
born October, 1837, died February 25, 1907. 
She was a daughter of Titus and Annie 
(Wood) Rushmore, of Scotch ancestry, mem- 
bers of the Society of Friends, both of whom 
died on the Rushmore farm, on which they 
settled over a century ago, and cleared of the 
timber with which it was thickly covered. 
They had four children: i. Elizabeth W., 
married William J. McMillan. 2. Olivette A., 
married John H. Hotaling; now living at 
Rutherford, New Jersey. 3. Mariett, died 
young. 4. Henry, died, aged seventeen, while 
in college. William J., and Elizabeth W. 
(Rushmore) McMillan had one child. Anna 
Prudence, who married Alfred J. Taylor. 
The home of the Taylors is the old Rush- 
more farm, later the McMillan farm, which 
came to Airs. Alfred J. Taylor by inheri- 
tance. Alfred J. and Anna Prudence (Mc- 
Millan) Taylor have four children: i. Ada, 
born May 12, 1877; graduate of the Albany 
high school ; married Frank J. Hallenbeck. 
They reside upon and cultivate the home 
farm. Mr. Taylor having retired from active 
labor. 2. Florence, March 2, 1881 ; educated 
in the public schools ; married George H. Mar- 
tin, a farmer of New Scotland. 3. Grace, 
April 22, 1887; graduate of the Schenectady 
high school ; married Frank W. Martin, a 
farmer of New Scotland; children: Frances 
E., born August 21, 1907; Chester Shaw, Jan- 
uary 27, 1910. 4. Ethel, October 22, 1892; 
educated in the .Albany schools, specializing 
in music as did her sisters, resides at home 
unmarried. 



The Long Island families of the 
HICKS name of Hicks are of English de- 
scent. The English ancestor of 
the family is traditionally stated to have been 
a Sir Ellice Hicks, who fought under the 



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Black Prince in France and was made a knight 
banneret by King Edward HI. for capturing 
a French standard at the battle of Crecy, 
when he is said to have a grant of the arms 
herein described : Arms. — Gules, a fess wavy 
argent there fleur de lys or. Crest : A buck's 
head, couped at the neck or, forged with a 
chaplet of cinquefoils vert. Motto: "Sem- 
per paratus." 

During the turbulent reign of Charles I. 
many of the family crossed over to Holland 
for refuge from persecution. In 1641 three 
brothers, Thomas, John, and Robert Hicks, 
settled in the town of Flushing, Long Island, 
coming from Holland under an arrangement 
with the Dutch West India Company. Rob- 
ert Hicks went later to New England ; Tliom- 
as located in what is called Little Neck ; John 
was among the patentees of Flushing in 1645 
(as was Thomas), and also owned lands in 
Hempstead and was a subscribing witness to 
an ancient Indian deed there. Later he set- 
tled in that part of Hempstead now called 
Far Rockaway. Previous to 1650 both John 
and Thomas held offices, civil and military. 
Thomas Hicks was a captain of militia in 
1686, and in 1691 was the first judge of 
the county of Queens, appointed under the 
act of that year, holding the office until 1699. 
The descendants of these brothers are nu- 
merous on Long Island, where the village 
of Hicksville is yet found. Thomas had 
two wives, six sons and four daughters. 
Thomas, his eldest son. married Deborah, 
daughter of Daniel Whitehead, and settled 
at Bayside, Flushing. He had four sons and 
six daughters, of whom Thomas (3), the eld- 
est, succeeded his father in the ownership 
of the Bayside estate in 171 2. In 1738 he 
was appointed judge, and in 1749 first judge 
of Queens county, as then constituted, which 
office he held until 1777. He was a member 
of the state legislature from 1738 to 1775. 
It is from one of the sons of Thomas Hicks 
' (2) that the Granville, New York, family 
of Hicks descend. A noted descendant of 
John Hicks was Elias Hicks, the noted divine 
of the Society of Friends and founder of 
the branch called 'The Hicksites." 

dV) David Hicks, grandson of Thomas 
Hicks, of Flushing, Long Island, married and 
had issue. 

(V) Asa, son of David Hicks, was born on 
Long Island. New York. Fie married Zillah 
Cass and had issue. 

(VI) Joseph, son of Asa and Zillah (Cass) 
Hicks, was born on Long Island, where his 
youth was spent. He removed from Long 
Island and settled in the town of Granville, 
Washington county. New York, where he pur- 



chased a tract of heavily timbered land, built 
a log house, and in time cleared and improved 
a farm. The homestead is still in possession 
of the family, owned by a grandson, \\illiam 
Hicks. Joseph Hicks married Jerusha Rob- 
lee. Children: Jay, Almina, married Ephra- 
him Northup; William, married (first) Amy 
Tripp; (second) Fannie Park; Edwin B., of 
whom further; Orlando, married Charlotte 
Lamb ; Almera, married Lucian Webb. 

(VH) Edwin B., son of Joseph and Jeru- 
sha (Roblee) Hicks, was born in the town 
of Granville, Washington county, New York, 
October 18, 1820, died May 3, 1888. He 
was an extensive farmer and stock raiser, 
also a dealer in cattle, sheep and wool. He 
made large shipments of sheep, etc., to vari- 
ous parts of the country, doing a large busi- 
ness with the western states. He was a large 
land owner, and in his day was considered a 
very wealthy man. The present homestead 
at Slyboro was built by him for a residence. 
He was a member of the Baptist church and 
wielded a strong influence for good in his 
community. He married Sarah Ophelia, 
daughter of Abijah and Sarah (Brown) 
Smith, born September i, 1826. Children: 
I. Salome, born August i, 1844. died 1853. 2. 
.Sarah Louise, December 17, 1845 ; married 
Fred M. Mason, of Granville, December 30, 
1868 ; child, Edwin. 3. Frank Edwin, of 
whom further. 4. Almera Jeanette, July 14, 
1850; married (first) February 12, 1867, Hi- 
ram D. Duel, and had Frank E., born No- 
vember 22. 1867; Frederick H., February 6, 
1869; Arthur B., December 14, 1871. She 
married (second) July 13, 1880. Dr, Willis A. 
Tenney : children : Ashton M., born May 29, 
1888 ; Florence H., June 5, 1893. 5. Theresa 
Ophelia, November 14, 1854 ; married, Octo- 
ber 23. 1873, T. B. Jewett; children, Julia, 
married George Ballard ; Jennie and Fred- 
erick. 

(VIII) Frank Edwin, son of Edwin P.. and 
Sarah Ophelia (Smith) Hicks, was born on 
the homestead farm in Granville, Washing- 
ton county. New York. March 19, 1848. He 
was educated in the public schools; Fort Ed- 
ward Collegiate Institute and Eastman's Busi- 
ness College at Poughkeepsie. He returned 
to the farm after completing his studies and 
after arriving at man's estate rented the home- 
stead and operated it for his own account. 
After the death of his father he purcliased 
the property and has since been continuously 
engaged in agriculture, stock raising and deal- 
ing-. He also deals extensively in farm prod- 
uce, especially in fruits and wool. He spe- 
cializes in fine cattle, maintaining on his farm 
specimens of choice breeds. He is a thorough 



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man of business and practices the most ap- 
proved modern methods in his farming opera- 
tions. He is interested in other important 
Hnes of activity in his county ; is president 
of the Granville Telephone Company ; direc- 
tor of the Granville National Bank and of 
the National Bank of Whitehall, New York. 
He is also interested in the Washington Coun- 
ty Agricultural Society ; served as president 
and is a leading exhibitor in his special lines. 
He is a Republican in politics and for two 
years was supervisor of his town. He mar- 
ried, September 6, 1871, Ida Josephine Wait, 
born March 18, 1852, daughter of Mansir K. 
and Julia Ann (Hale) Wait (see Wait VH). 
Children: i. Edwin B., born May 23, 1873; 
married Laura Irene, daughter of Morvalden 
and Mary (Beecher) Brayton ; children: 
Dorothy, Arthur D. and Laura Irene. 2. Man- 
sir Wait, of whom further. 3. Harry Davis, 
October 12, 1877; married, May 4, 1910, Alice 
Baldwin. 4. Frank Edwin (2), July 9, 1879; 
married Mary Brayton. 5. Ida Estelle, 
March 16. 1887. 

(IX) Mansir Wait, son of Frank Edwin 
and Ida Josephine (Wait) Hicks, was born 
on the Granville homestead farm in Washing- 
ton county, New York, May 3, 1875. He 
was educated in the public schools and Albany 
Business College. For a few months there- 
after he was in the employ of S. B. Thing, 
shoe dealer of Albany, but was then obliged 
to retire from active pursuits, owing to im- 
paired health, and later located in the village 
of Granville, and on the organization of the 
Granville Telephone Company, became active 
in its construction and operations ; was con- 
struction foreman, exchange manager, secre- 
tary, treasurer, and is now general manager; 
later he opened an insurance office, carrying 
lines of life, fire and indemnity insurance. He 
is a capable man of business and accomplishes 
results that give little evidence of his in- 
firmity, lie is a member of the Baptist 
church and politically a Republican. He mar- 
ried, January 20, 1906, Cora, daughter of 
Lorenzo and Rose B. (Haskins) Shaiifner. 
Children : Hulda Elizabeth, born August 8, 
1907; Mansir Wait, October 8, 1908; Merilla, 
twin of Mansir Wait. 

(The Wait Line). 
Thomas Wait, of Portsmouth, Rhode Isl- 
and, died in 1677. He was made a freeman 
in 1641. On April 30, 1661, he bought land 
in .\cueshnet and Cohasset. His will was 
made by the town council, he having died 
intestate. There is no reference to his wife 
in the settlement of his estate, leaving the 
inference that her death preceded his own. 



He had six children: i. Samuel, died 1694; 

married Hannah ; children: Samuel, 

Joseph and Susanna; the latter married Moses 
Barber and had fourteen children. 2. Joseph, 

died August 25, 1665 ; married Sarah ; 

had a son William. 3. Jeremiah, died 1677; 
married Martha Brownell, born May, 1643, 
died February 15, 1744; no issue. 4. Thomas, 
died June, 1733 ; married Sarah Cook, died 
1733. Children: Mary, Thomas and Benja- 
min. 5. Mary, married, April 5, 1676. Joseph 
Anthony; children: John, Joseph, Susanna 
and Thomas; she died in 1713; Joseph died 
in 1728. 6. Reuben, of whom further. 

(II) Reuben, son of Thomas Wait, of 
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, died October 7, 
1707. He was one of the proprietors of Dart- 
mouth. Massachusetts, in 1685. His will, 
proved November 5, 1707, names wife Tabitha 
as executri.x, and gives to son Thomas, one- 
half of the farm ; to wife, twenty acres, dwell- 
ing house and orchard for life and movables 
forever. He names four sons, Benjamin, Jos- 
eph, Reuben and Jeremiah, and gives them 
lands in Dartmouth, etc. To daughters, Elea- 
nor, Abigail and Tabitha. he gives three 
pounds each. His wife, Tabitha (Founders) 
Wait, died in 1707. 

(HI) Thomas (2), son of Reuben and 
Tabitha (Lounders) Wait, was born in Dart- 
mouth, Massachusetts, where he always re- 
sided, April 23, 1683. In 1721 he sold his 
right in his father's homestead to his brother 
Benjamin. He married, January 25. 171 1, 
Mary, daughter of Joseph and Mehitable 
(Fish) Tripp. She was born August 22, 
1689. Children: John, born November 30, 
171 1 ; Reuben, February 7, 1714; Thomas, of 
whom further; Mary, April 5, 1718; Meri- 
bah, July 20, 1720: Mehitable, November 18, 
1722; Martha, April 5, 1725; Alice April 23, 
1729. 

(IV) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) and 
Mary (Tripp) Wait, was born February 29, 
T716. He married, June 6, 1743, Tabitha El- 
lis. Children: Gideon, born March 3, 1746, 
married, April 6, 1766, Lois Tripp; Jere- 
miah : Thomas, April 10, 1755, married Nao- 
mi Weeks; Mary, February 11. 1757, married 
May II, 1775, Reuben Wait; Lydia, March 
19' 1759' married Doke Moon; Peleg, of 
whom further: Rufus, April 23, 1764, mar- 
ried, December 2. 1784, Eunice Hill; .Mice. 

(V) Peleg, son of Thomas (3) and Ta- 
bitha (Ellis) Wait, was born October 23, 
1 761, died October 7. 1847. He was a soldier 
of the revolution and is probably the P. Wait 
named as private of the Sixth Massachusetts 
Regiment, payroll drawn for amount of grat- 
uity due non-commissioned officers and sold- 



HUDSON AND IMOHAWK VALLEYS 



iers of the Massachusetts hne of the continen- 
tal army, agreeable to resolve of January 15, 
1781. (See Massachusetts Soldiers and Sail- 
ors, vol. xvi, page 399.) He married, 1783, 
Mary, born ]\Iarch 24, 1766, died February 
3, 1862, daughter of Henry and l\Iargaret 
(Rathbone) Greene. Children: Greene, born 
September 26, 1784, married (first) Diadema 

. (second) Alida Moon; Clark, of 

whom further ; RIercy, April 4, 1789, married 
William Gardner; Thomas, May i, 1791, mar- 
ried Chloe Roblee; Benjamin, April 21, 1793, 
married Alary Odell ; Alice. July 6, 1795, mar- 
ried James Hewitt ; Tabitha, April 18, 1797, 
married Spink Madison ; Mary, April 30, 1799, 
married Caleb Wells; Lois. Dec. 8, 1801, mar- 
ried Calvin P. Hill; Laura, Nov. 4, 1804. 

(\'I) Clark G., son of Peleg and Mary 
(Greene) Wait, was born April 3, 1787. He 
removed to Petersburg and later settled on a 
farm in the town of Granville, W'ashington 
-county. New York, where he afterward al- 
ways resided, engaged in agriculture. He 
married Abigail, daughter of Thomas and 
Martha (Jones) Phillips. Children: Pamelia, 
born May 6, 1809: Ehalton, March 5, 1812; 
Clark G., (2), April, 1814; Hamilton, March 
22. 1817; Mansir K., of whom further; Abra- 
ham. July 5, 1821 ; Priscilla, October 13, 1823; 
Martha. September 29, 1824; Philetas, March 
27, 1828; Leander, October 20, 1830; Abi- 
gail. April 20. 1832; Dwight, Mav 25. 1835; 
Harlan, July 8, 1837. 

(Yll) Mansir K., son of Clark G. and Abi- 
gail (Phillips) Wait, was born at Granville, 
\\ashington county. New York, May 24, 
1819, died December 2, 1892. He married. 
Januarv 16, 1840. Julia Ann, daughter of 
Richard and Olive (Wliedon) Hale. Children: 
Josephine, born May 10, 1841, died October 
27, 1846; Pamelia, April 11, 1843, died Janu- 
ary 23, 1880, married Davis Northup ; chil- 
dren : Mansir, James and Maud ; Clark, June 
II, 1845. died December 11, 1864; a veteran 
of the civil war; Casseus, February 19. 1847, 
married Ella Rogers ; children : Mansir. x\gnes, 
Carlotta and Clark ; Charles, June 3, 1849, 
•died September 3, 1849; Zilpha, July 12, 1850, 
■died May 6, 1854; Ida Josephine, March 18, 
1852, married Frank E. Hicks (see Hicks 
VHI) ; Emma, September 24. 1855, died No- 
vember 13, 1856; Estella. April 13, 1858, mar- 
ried, October 8. 1879. George McDonald ; 
children : Harry, married Ada Bromley, Ida 
and Mabel. 



During the earlier generations of 

ROSA the family in America this family 

retained the original spelling, 

Roosa. The latter-day family, or at least some 



of them, spell it Rosa, which is the orthogra- 
phy used by the family in Schenectady herein 
recorded. It is one of the old Dutch families 
of the Hudson-Mohawk that settled first in 
Esopus, then in Albany and Schenectady. The 
sons of the emigrant all founded families and 
many of them still may be found in the same 
localities, settled by their earliest ancestors. 
Gelderland, in Holland, was the home of the 
emigrant ancestor. 

(I) Albert Heymanse (Albert, son of Hey- 
man) Roosa, was a farmer of Gelderland, 
Holland, where he married Wynije Allard, 
and had eight children, born in the "fader- 
land." He came with his entire family to 
America in the ship "Spotted Cow," arriving 
at New Amsterdam, April 15, 1660, and made 
permanent settlement at Esopus, New York, 
shortly afterward. He was a person of more 
than usual importance, for on May 16, 1661, 
he was appointed by Governor Stuyvesant 
one of the three "schepens," or magistrates, 
his associates being Evert Pels and Cornells 
Barentse Slecht. He brought with him from 
Holland considerable property, and soon "oc- 
cupied an influential position in the new set- 
tlement." In 1661 he was appointed one of 
the three commissioners to enclose the new 
village at Esopus, called Hurley. At the 
destruction of the village of Hurley, on June 
7, 1663, by the Indians, two of his children, 
with forty-three other women and children, 
were taken captive. The story of the rescue 
of these captives by the colonial forces, un- 
der command of Captain Martin Kreiger, is 
one of the most interesting episodes in the 
early history of New York. The records 
cite many instances of his participation in 
the early making of Kingston that show him 
to have been a leader. He rebelled against 
the tyrannies of Governor NichoUs, and in 
1667 a commission appointed by the governor, 
sat at Esopus. investigating the "mutiny at 
Esopus." Albert Heymanse Roosa, Cornells 
Barentse Slecht and two others were "found 
guilty of rebellious and mutinous riot" and 
were taken to New York for sentence. 
Nicholls, by advice of his council, on May 3, 
sentenced Roosa to he banished for life out 
of the government, and the others for shorter 
terms out of Esopus. .Albany and New York. 
All these sentences were subsequently modi- 
fied and the offenders returned. Governor 
Lovelace restored him to favor, and in 1669 
appointed him overseer of the town of Hurley, 
called New Dorp, or New \illage. "In 1673 
he was confirmed as one of the officers of 
Esopus by Governor Anthony Colve, and 
described as Captain Albert Heymans Roosa, 
who had been prominent in the riot of 1667." 



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He served in the military forces of the col- 
ony as mustering officer, and in other capaci- 
ties ; was sergeant of Captain Henry Pawl- 
ing's company, and in 1673 was captain of 
a company recruited from Hurley and Marble- 
town. He died at Hurley, February 27, 1679. 
In 1685 his widow, Wyntje Allard, secured 
a grant of 320 acres at Hurley. Children, 
the first eight bom in Holland, the last two 
born in Esopus, New York: i. Arie (or 
Aria) ; married, at Kingston, Maria, daughter 
of Magistrate Evert Pels. 2. Heyman, mar- 
ried Margreit Rosevelt. 3. Jan, married 
Hellegond Williams. 4. Ikee, married Roeloff 
Keirstede. 5. Maritje, married Albert Jan- 
sen. 6. Neeltein, married Hendric Pauldin, 
banns published November 4, 1676. 7. Jan- 
netje, married Matys Ten Eyck, November 
16. 1679. 8. Aert. married Wyntje Aundreum 
d'Ong. 9. Annatje. 10. Guert, died June 15, 
1664. 

(H) Heyman, second son of Albert Hey- 
manse and Wyntje (Allard) Roosa, was born 
in Holland, and came to America with the 
family in 1660. He lived in Esopus and 
Hurley. He married Margreit Rosevelt, born 
1645. Children: i. Geysbert, of whom fur- 
ther. 2. Albert, born March 2, 1679; in 1715 
was sergeant in Captain Johannes' company, 
in Ulster county. 3. Claase, born April 27, 
1684. 4. Neeltje, October 13, 1689. 5. Ra- 
chel. April 19, 1696. 6. Leah, September, 
1698. 

(HI) Geysbert, eldest child of Heyman and 
Margreit (Rosevelt) Roosa, was born Oc- 
tober 16, 1676. He lived in Hurley, and in 
1715 was a private in Captain William Not- 
tingham's company. He married, October 
13, 1695, Greetje Bond, of Schenectady, New- 
York. Children: i. Hellegond, born August 
6, i6g6. 2. Jan, of whom further. 3. Hen- 
drick, born August 20, 1703, died in infancy. 
4. Hendrick, born March 20, 1707; in 1738 
was private of Captain B. Brodhead's com- 
pany, Ulster county militia ; married, May 2, 
1735, Zara Frear, of New Palz. 5. Greetje, 
born October 5, 1712. 

(IV) Jan, eldest son of Geysbert and 
Greetje (Bond) Roosa, was born May 28, 
1699. He married (first) August 27, 1725, 
Machteldt (Myeltje) Van Kampen. He mar- 
ried (second) Eva Klearwater. Children: i. 
Guert, born June 9, 1727. 2. Johannes. No- 
vember 22, 1728. 3. .'\braham, .^pril 29, 1733; 
a soldier of the revolution. 4. Elizabeth, Sep- 
tember 7, 1735. 5. Isaac, of whom further. 
6. Jacobus (James), born August 10. 1740; 
a soldier of the revolution ; married Sarah 
Ennis. 7. Maria, born December 13, 1741. 8. 
Helena, August 21, 1743. 9. Gysbut, born 



]\Iarch II, 1745: a soldier of the revolution. 
10. Margaret. 11. Henrikje, born June 14, 
1749. 12. Teunis Klearwater, June 23, 1751. 
13. Greetje, March 28, 1756. 

(\) Isaac Rosa, son of Jan and Myeltje 
(\'an Kampen) Roosa, was born February 

5, 1739. He married, in Albany, November 
22, 1763, Maria, daughter of Ryckert Van 
Vranken. Children: i. Johannes, born Au- 
gust 13, 1764. 2. Annatje, August 18, 1766; 
married, December 12, 1788, Joseph Yates. 

3. Ryckert (Richard), of whom further. 4. 
Machtelt, born April 20, 1772; married 
Hocholas Marselis. 5. James (Jacobus). 6. 
Maas \^an Vranken, born September 20. 1780. 

(\"I) Ryckert (Richard), son of Isaac and 
Maria (Van Vranken) Rosa, was born De- 
cember II, 1769. died August 30, 1809. He 
married, July 21, 1793, Annatje (Nancy), 
born January i, 1772, died October 8, 1835,. 
daughter of Nicholas Peek. Children: i. 
]\Iaria, born November 7, 1794. 2. Henry, 
August 17, 1795, died June 11, 1829. 3. 
Isaac R., of whom further. 4. Elizabeth, born 
October 13, 1799. 5. John. May 28, 1802, died 
February' 9, 1835. 6. Jane P., born .August 
19, 1803, died June 27, 1879. 7. :Martin, 
born July 30, 1805. 8. Catherine Ann, May 
15. 1807. 

(\ II) Isaac R., son of Ryckert and Nancy 
(Peek) Rosa, was born September 8, 1797, 
died September 21, 1849. He removed to- 
Fulton county. New York, where for many 
years he kept a house of entertainment for 
the traveling public, also owning and operat- 
ing a farm. He married, July 15, 1827, Ma- 
tilda Waite, born December 19, 1807, died 
August 31, 1828. He married (second), No- 
vember I, 1830, Phoebe Ann Alvord, born 
August 14. 1805, died September 27, 1884. 
Children, all by second marriage: i. Richard 
H., born July 25, 1835, died October i, 1890. 
He was a prominent lawyer, and served as 
district attorney of Fulton county twelve 
years. He was a charter member of Kenny- 
etto Lodge, No. 599, Free and Accepted Ma- 
sons, was the first senior warden under its 
charter of July 3, 1865, and the second wor- 
shipful master, 1868-71. He continued a 
member until November 25. 1878, when he 
demitted to St. Patrick's Lodge, No. 4. at 
Johnstown, where he died. 2. Isaac A., born- 
November 3, 1836; a prominent contractor 
and lumberman ; e.x-sheriff of Fulton county, 
and supervisor eight years. 3. Elijah A., 
born April 9, 1842, died November 23, 1882. 

4. James P., of whom further. 

(VIII) James P.. son of Isaac R. and 
Phoebe Ann (Alvord) Rosa, was born May 

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York. He was educated in the public schools, 
and at the age of seventeen years went to 
New York City, where he secured employ- 
ment as a clerk in a dry goods store, re- 
maining but a year. Returning to Broadal- 
bin he engaged in mercantile life as junior 
partner of Chase & Rosa, general merchants, 
at L'nion Mills. In 1868 he located at Vail's 
Mills, town of Northampton, Fulton county, 
where he purchased a general store, and 
through firm changes continued until 1880, 
when he disposed of the business (being then 
sole owner), and located at the village of 
Broadalbin, where in association with Charles 
Butler he engaged as Rosa & Buder in the 
hasdware business. Later Mr. Rosa conducted 
a gentlemen's furnishing store. In 1907 he 
disposed of his mercantile interests, having 
previously organized the Broadalbin Lumber 
Company, with which he is yet connected as 
principal owner. He has been successful in 
his various undertakings, and is an influential, 
highly respected citizen. Politically he is an 
Independent Republican, and has been the 
choice of his party for important offices. He 
is public-spirited and deeply interested in the 
cause of public education. For twelve years 
he has been president of the Board of Edu- 
cation, and for the same length of time presi- 
dent of the Board of Trade. He is a member 
of Kennyetto Lodge, No. 599, Free and Ac- 
cepted ■Siasons, of which he was master 1884- 
90. He is a member of the Baptist church, and 
since 1881 has served as trustee. He was 
postmaster at Avail's Mills, serving four years 
under President Grant, and at Broadalbin 
held the same office under President Cleve- 
land. He married, January 26. 1870, Ruth 
Augusta, born October 7. 1846, daughter of 
John G. and Eliza C. (Smith) Pettit. of Edin- 
burg. Saratoga county. New York. John 
Gatton Pettit was born February 6, 1818, died 
February 2, 1893; married. December 29, 
1841, Eliza Cook Smith, born August 26, 
1821, died I\Iarch 23, 1874; children: i. 
Esther, born July 27, 1843, died October 2, 
1907; married March. 1865, David Allen; 
children: i. Carrie, born January 8. 1866. mar- 
ried Edward .Armstrong, and had Edward and 
Amy; ii. Lizzie, born February 22, 1873, died 
1873; iii. May E.. born February 7. 1875, died 
October 26. 1908, married. February 5, 1902. 
Frederick Trapp ; iv. David W.. born April 
7. 1883, married. October 21, 1907, Edith 
Hearst. 2. Ruth Augusta, married James P. 
Rosa. 3. Smith, born February 13. 1848. died 
Mav 9, 1874. 4. Sadie Ophelia, born October 
20. 1850, died November i. 1870. 5. Gatton, 
born August i^, 1852. died November 11. 
1863. 6.^ Rebecca P., bom June, 1858, died 



November 13. 1863. James P. and Ruth A. 
Rosa have children: i. Martha C, bom Sep- 
tember 15, 1870; married, February 9, 1906. 
Clarence C. \'an Buren, and they' have one 
.son, James R., born January 9, 1907. 2. 
Nellie B., born February 5, 1880; married,. 
June 22. 1907, Marvin R. Borst. 

Clarence C. \an Buren, who married 
Martha C, daughter of James P. Rosa, is a 
lineal descendant of Cornells Van Buren, the 
founder of the noted Van Buren family of the 
Hudson Valley, which includes a former presi- 
dent of the United States, Martin Van Buren. 
The line is as follows: 

(I) Cornells \'an Buren came to .\merica 
from Holland, in 1631. (II) Martin Cornells, 
son of Cornells \'an Buren. (Ill) Pieter 
Martense, son of Martin Cornells A'an Buren. 

(R") Barent. son of Pieter Martense \'an 
Buren, married Maria W'hinney. He was a 
resident of Kinderhook. Children : Ariantje, 
born November 8, 1724; Elsie, October 23,. 
1726: .Francis, of whom further; Maria. Sep- 
tember 2. 1730; Pieter, February 18, 1733. 

(V) Francis, son of Barent and Maria 
(W'hinney) \'an Buren, was born at Kinder- 
hook, November 16. 1728, died May 6, 1815. 
In 1779 removed to what is now the town of 
Maj-field. Fulton county. New York, where 
he purchased and settled upon a tract of 
five hundred acres. He served during the 
revolution in the Seventh Regiment, Albany 
county militia. He married, about 1760, Jo- 
hanna \'an Slyck. born October 23, 1736, died 
.\pril 5. 181 5, also a descendant of an early 
Dutch :\Iohawk Valley family. Qiildren: Ba- 
rent. born September 28, 1762. died February 
20. 1763; Angelica, born Januar\- 22, 1764,. 
died February 19, 1850; Barent F.. born No- 
vember 26, 1769, died' January 7, 1862: Peter, 
born August 2, 1772; Harmon F., of whom^ 
further. 

(VI) Harmon F., son of Francis and Jo- 
hanna (\'an Slyck) Van Buren, was born 
March 29. 1775, died September 30. 1858. 
He accompanied his father to the Mohawk 
\'alley and became the owner of one-quarter 
of the Mayficld purchase. Here he followed 
agriculture all his days, becoming prominent 
in town and church affairs, being especially 
active in the latter. He married, about 1706, 
Catherine Miller, born 1774. died March 13. 
1845. Children: Hannah, born February i, 

1798, died in infancy; Charles, born March 5, 

1799. died February 15, i860: Johanna, born 
October 10, 1800, died January 18. 1853: Lu- 
cinda. born November 22. 1802. died .March 
3. 1874: Francis, bom February 22, 1805,. 
(lied March. 1872; Oliver Miller, of whom 
further: Angelica, born March 6, 1809. died-, 



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August II, 1884; Peter, born ]\lay 4, 1813, 
■died Novjember 17, 1885. 

(VH) Oliver Aliller, son of Harmon F. and 
'Catherine (Miller) Van Buren, was born in 
IMayfield, Fulton county, New York, April 
4, 1807, died June, 1882. He was a farmer 
.and a devoted member of the Presbyterian 
•church. He married, January 21, 1829, Sallie 
Maria Hayes, born April 9, 1811, died April 
18, 1883. Children: Elizabeth, born January 
■9, 1830; Charles Henry, born May 17, 1836, 
■died jNIarch 2, 1897; Harmon E., of whom 
further; Ansel Hayes, born April 17, 1846, 
.died August 31, 1910; (Sranville, born August 
2, 1853. 

(Vni) Harmon E., son of Oliver Miller 
and Sallie Maria (Hayes) Van Buren, was 
,born June 28, 1839. He was a glove manu- 
facturer, and served the town of Mayfield as 
..assessor for ten years. He married, February 
4, 1874. Adeline Thompson, born June 29, 
1846. Children: Harriet T., born November 
18. 1874; Clarence Edward, of whom further; 
Samuel T., born July 17, 1880. married, 
March i, 1908, Ruth T. Martling, and has 
'-Oliver N., born October 3, 1909. 

(IX) Clarence Edward, son of Harmon 
E. and Adeline (Thompson) Van Buren, was 
born January 30. 1876. He was educated in 
-the Gloversville high school and at the New 
Britain (Connecticut) normal school. After 
completing his studies he taught at Lake 
George. New York, until January i, 1903, 
when he was elected school commissioner of 
Fulton county, entering upon the duties of his 
office on that date. He was a Republican in 
politics, and a member of the Baptist congre- 
gation. He married, February 7, 1906, Martha 
Charlotte, daughter of James P. and Ruth A. 
Rosa. They have James Rosa Van Buren, 
born January 9, 1907. 



Three towns in the United 
LOliiDELL States have been named after 

descendants of Simon Lob- 
dell, viz: Lobdell, Louisiana, near New Or- 
leans, where, in close proximity, reside de- 
scendants of Abraham James and John Little 
Lobdell, the jjioneer Lobdell settlers of Louisi- 
ana and Mississippi; Lobdell, Clinton county. 
New York, named from descendants of Jared 
Lobdell ; Lobdell, Kane county, Kansas, named 
after Charles E. Lobdell, formerly speaker of 
the Kansas House of Assembly, also a de- 
scendant of Jared Lobdell. 

(I) The name of Simon Lobdell appears 
among the "Afterplanters" names of Milford, 
Connecticut, about forty — a framed list of 
names which hangs in the town clerk's office at 
Milford. The best supposition is that he came 



as a young lad with a party from Hereford, 
England, near the Wales boundary, in 1645, 
and that his sisters, Ann and Elizabeth, came 
at the same time, but remained in Boston. 
From public records it appears that Simon 
Lobdell, in 1646, was given by the "first plant- 
ers"' a home lot containing a half acre of 
ground. In 1657 ^^^ took the freeman's oath 
at Hartford, Connecticut, and was a taxpayer 
of that place in 1667. He removed to Spring- 
field, Massachusetts, where his sisters were 
living, both having married and settled there. 
From 1666 to 1674 he was keeper of the prison 
in Springfield, and accumulated considerable 
property. In 1681 he purchased land (but did 
not settle) at Stony River, and in 1682, at 
Hull, Massachusetts. He returned to Milford, 
where his wife, Persis, was admitted :o the 
church January 7, 1677, and on April 9, 17 10; 
Simon united with the same church. He died 
at Milford prior to October 4, 1717, as on 
that date letters of administration were granted 
on his estate. In his will he styles himself 

Lieutenant. He married Persis , date 

unknown. Children: i. Mary, married David 
Wooster, born 1666, eldest son of Edward 
Wooster, of Milford ; children : Jerusha, 
Persis and Tamar. 2. Elizabeth, married Wil- 
liam Roberts. 3. Joshua, of whom further. 
4. Anna, born December i, 1674, unmarried 
at time of her father's death. 5. Rebecca, 
born at Springfield, Massachusetts, 1677; mar- 
ried Deliverance Downs, born 1669, son of 
John and I\Iars- Downs, of New Haven, Con- 
necticut ; children: Rebecca, Tohn, Mary and 
Elizabeth. 

(H) Joshua, only son of Simon and Persis 
Lobdell. was born at Springfield, Massachu- 
setts, December 23, 1671, died previous to Oc- 
tober 31, 1743, as on that date Caleb Lobdell 
agrees to assume the support of his mother, 
"Eunice, widow of Joshua Lobdell, deceased, 
late of Ridgefield." He married and lived in 
Milford, until after the death of his first wife, 
Mary, then in 171 2, with his children, re- 
moved to Ridgefield, Connecticut. He pur- 
chased, March 3, 1712, of James Brown, of 
Norwalk, one-twenty-ninth part of the town of 
Ridgefield. During the succeeding twenty or 
thirty years Joshua was continually adding to 
his estate by purchase from the proprietors 
or their grantors. He married (first), Au- 
gust 1 1, 1695, Governor Robert Treat perform- 
ing the ceremony, Mary, daughter of John and 
Alice Burwell, early settlers of Milford. He 
married (second), in 1713, Eunice, born 1689, 
daughter of Lieutenant John and Mary (Bene- 
dict) Olm.stead, of Norwalk, Connecticut. 
Children of first wife, all born in Milford, 
Connecticut: i. Samuel, born February 2, 



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1699, married Rebecca St. John; children: 
Rebecca, Mary, Abigail and Samuel. 2. 
Sarah, born February i, 1702, died young. 

3. Joshua, born March 15, 1703; was captain 
of Westchester county militia, and fought 
with his five sons in the French and Indian 
\\ar> of 1755-60; married Mary Reynolds, 
and had Mary, Joshua, Ebenezer, Jacob, Ra- 
chel. Daniel, and John. This family removed 
over the state line and settled in Cortland 
Manor, W^estchester county, New York. 

4. Mary, born October 30, 1704, married 
Samuel Plum. 5. Ebenezer, born February 
24, 1707, married Rebecca Benedict. 6. Su- 
sannah, born February 27, 1709, married Sea- 
born Burt. Children of Joshua Lobdell and 
his second wife, Eunice, all born in Ridge- 
field, Connecticut : 7. Sarah, born September 
27, 1714; married, March 6, 1734, Jabez 
Northrup. 8. Caleb, born February i, 17 16; 
married (first), June 27, 1749. Elizabeth 
, who died 1752; (second) Bertha Pad- 
dock, who died after 1761 ; (third) Ruth 

. who survived him ; children : Caleb 

( 2 ) . Paddock, and Philip. 9. John, of whom 
further. 10. Darius, born October 18, 1729; 
settled in Danby, Vermont; was a revolution- 
ary soldier and fought at Bennington ; he mar- 
ried Mary Balwin ; children : Mary, Eunice, 
Darius (2), Rev. Jacob, and John. 11. Eliza- 
beth, born November 13, 1732; married (first) 
Harrie Gunn, (second) Isaac Northrup (his 
second wife). 12. Simon. 13. David. 

(Ill) John, son of Joshua and Eunice 
(Olmstead) Lobdell, was born in Ridgefield, 
Connecticut, August 21. 1721, died in 
Brookfield, Connecticut, 1778. In 1742 he re- 
ceived from Daniel Sherwood, his father-in- 
law, various sums of money and tracts of land 
on his wife's, Ruth's, account. In 1746 John, 
being very sick and thinking himself near 
death, made his will giving all his possessions 
to his wife, Ruth, and an unborn child, and of 
this will he says, "I appoint my duly trusty 
brother, Samuel Lobdell. executor." John 
however, recovered and lived until 1778, hav- 
ing nine children. He married, June 25, 1744, 
Ruth Sherwood, born in Ridgefield, March 29. 
1723. died May 4, 1787, daughter of Daniel 
and' Ruth (Bradley) Sherwood. Ruth Brad- 
ley was a daughter of John and Hannah 
(Sherwood) Bradley, of Ridgefield. Chil- 
dren, all born in Brookfield. Connecticut: i. 
Ruth, March 26. 1745: married Nathan Brad- 
ley. 2. John, September 21, 1746; married 
Abigail Barlow ; children : Orpha, Dennis Bar- 
low, Huldah, and Phoebe Ruthina. 3. Caleb, 
July 4, 1748; married in Westchester county, 
New York, Patience Boughton ; lived in 
Brookfield, but after the British raid of 1777 



he nioved to New York state with his brother, 
Daniel. They stopped at Rensselaerwyck, 
where one or more children were born, then 
continued to Northville, Fulton county, New 
York, where Caleb and Patience died. Chil- 
dren : Jerusha, Lucy, Daniel, Caleb, Noble, 
John Boughton, Ruth. Lanie, Jacob, Elias. 
Melinda, Samuel, Abigail, George, Rodney and 
Pliny. 4. Sarah, baptized April 14, 1749, mar- 
ried Peck. 5. Abigail, born May 4, 

1753; married Dunning. 6. Hannah, 

born June 4, 1755; married Hepburn. 

7. Daniel, of whom further. 8. Lewis, born 
March 7, 1760; married, September 22, 1780, 
Elizabeth Osborn. 9. Chloe, horn 1765; mar- 
ried, July 10, 1782, Elijah Baldwin. 

(I\') Daniel, son of John and Ruth 
(Sherwood) Lobdell, was horn at North 
Brookfield. Connecticut, September 22, 1757, 
died at Northville, Fulton county. New York, 
June 13, 1843. In 1/77- '" company with his 
brother Caleb he left Brookfield, and journeyed 
north, and after a residence of several years 
at Rensselaerwyck (now Hudson, Columbia 
county), located, in 1790, in Northville (then 
called Old Ford, Fulton county. New York), 
where his relatives, Samuel Olmstead and 
Zadock Sherwood, had preceded him. Daniel 
and Caleb Lobdell were the third and fourth 
families to locate there. Daniel served six years 
as a revolutionary soldier. Northville then was 
in Montgomery county, Fulton county being 
erected later. Daniel purchased a farm of 
ninety-four acres and spent his after-life in 
its development and cultivation. He was a 
man of influence and possessed sterling quali- 
ties of character that he transmitted to his 
posterity along with his material wealth. He 
was a Whig in politics and public-spirited in 
all things. He married (first) Rachel Os- 
born, born December 13, 1757, at Brookfield, 
Connecticut, daughter of James and Elizabeth 
(Mead) Osborn. She died at Northville, 
July 13, 1821. He married (second) Betsey 
Bryant, who died without issue. Children 
of first wife: i. James, born October 25, 1784, 
at Hudson, New York, died in West Troy, 
May 19, i860; married. October 18, 1807, 
Sally Van Arman. of Pittstown. New York. 
He was a merchant of Johnstown and Troy; 
one of the first members of Trinity Episcopal 
Church, of which he was warden in 1834. 
Giildren : Rachel, .Alexander St. John, Maria, 
Harriet, Helen Maxwell, James Dow, Richard 
Saddler, and William Henry. 2. Daniel 
Granby, born March i, 1788, in Fulton county. 
New York, died unmarried, March 28, 1808. 
3. Nathan Bradley, of whom further. 

(V) Nathan Bradley, son of Daniel and 
Rachel (Osborn) Lobdell, was born at Broad- 



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albin, Montgomery county. New York, July 
15, 1 79 1, being the first white child born in 
that section. He grew up in the town, where 
he became a man of wealth and influence, 
highly respected, and enjoying, to the utmost, 
the confidence of his townsmen. He was the 
lawyer of his day, and did a great deal of the 
legal business of the town. He was justice 
of the peace, captain of militia, and for ten 
years postmaster at Northville. When Fulton 
and Hamilton counties were formed from 
Montgomery in 1888, he had charge of the 
work of transcribing the records belonging 
to the new county of Fulton. He was a 
Democrat in politics. When his wife died he 
did not again marry, but kept all of his 
large family together, none leaving until they 
went to homes of their own. He married, 
December 27, 1812, at Providence, Saratoga 
county, New York, Nancy Richardson, born 
October 2, 1788, at Providence, died Febru- 
ary 4, 1834, at Northville, daughter of William 
and (Montgomery) Richardson, a de- 
scendant of General Montgomery, of revolu- 
tionary fame. Children: 

I. Daniel Granbee, born December 7, 1813, 
died unm.arried, at Washington, D. C., July 
9, 1875. He became a lawyer of prominence, 
and was a partner of Judge Yost, of Fort 
Plain, to whom he bequeathed his library. 
He entered government employ during Presi- 
dent Pierce's administration ; was supervising 
special agent of the Treasury. After visit- 
ing the principal custom houses in the United 
States he went to Europe and investigated 
the customs methods of diflferent countries. 
In politics he was a Democrat. He is buried 
in Albany, New York. 

■ 2. Mary Ann, born January 12, 1816; mar- 
ried Gilbert Le Fevre ; child : Arthur Le 
Fevre, of Albany, New York. 

3. James H., born February 14, 1818; mar- 
ried (first) Maria M. Greenfield, in 1845; 
(second) Mary Stone. Child of first wife: 
Helen, born April 6, 1846, married October 
22, 1864, John Obias Van Hoesen, and re- 
moved to Wisconsin, where her husband died, 
January i, lyoi. Children of second wife: 
Emma, born March 15, 1856; James Edward, 
March 15, 1859: Mary Elizabeth. October 
II, 1861 : Charles E., March 15. 1864. 

4. William Richardson, died in childhood. 

5. Maria Rachel, born December 10. 1821 ; 
m;irried Truman Gilbert ; children : Truman 
James, William Nathan, Virginia and Eliza- 
beth. 

6. Emily Nancy, born March 25, 1824, died 
unmarried, May 17, 1849. 

7. Hiram W., born April 20, 1826; married 
Phoebe Eliza Hood, born July 24, 1837. He 



studied for a physician, located at Flat Rock, 
Michigan, where he died January 10. 1884. 
Children : Dr. John H., Daniel Granbee. and 
Mary E. 

8. Charles Nathan, born January 3, 1829, 
died in infancy. 

9. Bradley Nathan, of whom further. 
(VI) Bradley Nathan, son of Nathan. 

Bradley and Nancy (Richardson) Lobdell, 
was born in old Montgomery county, now 
Benson, Hamilton county. New York, June 20, 
1832. He was educated in the public schools,, 
and until twenty-one years of age was en- 
gaged in farming. He then went West, and' 
for five years was in the lumber and real 
estate business. He went to Northville 
in 1859, and after a few years in the grain 
trade, began, in 1865, the manufacture of 
gloves and mittens, a business he conducted 
for twenty-three years with great success. 
He- was one of the board of charter members 
of the Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville rail- 
road, and mainly instrumental in having the 
road built to Northville. Mr. Lobdell may- 
claim to be one of the fathers of forest preser- 
vation ; certainly he has not only talked and 
fought for their preservation, but has prob- 
ably restored a larger area than any other 
single individual. In 1870 he first conceived 
a plan of replanting the former forest, and 
since that time has bought large tracts of 
despoiled land, and now has growing on lands 
of his own a quarter of a million white pine 
trees, all scientifically cared for. His experi- 
ment was with thirty-two acres of shade 
maple and a few pines that had sprung up. 
He trimmed and cared for them and was sO' 
well pleased with their growth and develop- 
ment that he has since made pines a specialty. 
Since 1899 he has planted chestnut, white 
oak and black walnut on old meadow and 
pasture land. In 1902 he planted a large 
quantity of black walnut, besides other kind 
of timber. He is enthusiastic over his favor- 
ite, tree culture, and cheerfully gives of his 
vast fund of information and experience to 
those desiring to follow his example and re- 
store the waste places. He also owns large 
and valuable tracts of lands in Michigan. He 
is a Democrat in politics, and has served 
as town clerk and assessor. He is connected 
with the Masonic order in Northville, and is 
a member of the Episcopal church. 

Mr. I,obdell married Sabrina E. Miller, 
born November 6. 1836, died June 5, 1890, 
daughter of David N. and Mardula E. (Olm- 
stead) Miller, of Northville. Children: i. 
Emilie Maria, born May 26, 1856; married 
Leander McLean. 2. Ida, born .\ugust 26, 
1863, died March 5, 1864. 3. Josephine, born 



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Jnne 24, 1866; married William Hollearn ; 
■children: Clara, born October 13, 1892; Mar- 
garet. April 25, 1894; Grace, January 25, 
1806; TUanclie. November 19, 1897. 

The history of the Resse- 
RESSEGUIE guie family is unknown 

prior to the settlement of 
the American progenitor at Norwalk, Con- 
necticut, but it is believed they descend from 
the De Resseguie family, of the province of 
Languedoc, in southern France, and of Tou- 
louse, capital city of the department of Haute 
Garonne. 

(I) Alexander Resseguie settled in Nor- 
walk, Connecticut, in 1709. Tradition says 
he was the younger son of Alexander Resse- 
guie. a Huguenot refugee from France, who 
brought with "him a small hair trunk contain- 
ing trtle deeds to property in France. Hop- 
ing to return and establish his claims, Alex- 
ander educated liis eldest son to the law, but 
his death at the age of twenty years so dis- 
heartened the father that he gave up his 
intention and passed the trunk and papers into 
the possession of a younger son. Later they 
were destroyed by fire. Another theory is 
that the family fled to England before com- 
ing to America, and that Alexander Resse- 
guie. a silk manufacturer of London. 1696, 
was the father of Alexander of Norwalk. As 
there is no previous record of a male Resse- 
guie in America, Alexander must be consid- 
ered the ancestor. He purchased land in 
Norwalk. April i, 1709, and frequently there- 
after. There is little record of his life save 
that of his possessions. He died in October, 
1772: his place of burial is unknown. He 
married, October 19. 1709. Sara, daughter of 
Pierre and Marguerite (Collinot) Bontecou, 

■of New York. She was born in France and 
came to New York with her parents in 1689, 
and died in May, 1757. The estate of Alexan- 
der inventoried £10.500, an immense sum in 
that day. One-half the estate was left to his 
widow, Sara, during her widowhood. Chil- 
dren : I. Alexander (2), of whom further. 2. 
Peter, born December 19, 171 1. died young. 
3. James, born November 6, 1713, died in 
the French and Indian war. 4. Abraham, born 
July 27, 1715, died July 31. 1797; married, 
and had six children. 5. Isaac, born May 24, 
171 7; settled across the border in New York 
state. 6. Jacob, born August 14, 1719; mar- 
ried Mary Center; five children. 7. Sarah, 
born July 12, 1721, died May 25, 175:3. 

(II) Alexander (2), eldest son of .-Mexan- 
der (i) and Sara (Bontecou) Res.seguie, was 
born August 2-/, 17 10, and was living in 1793. 
He was a large landowner and farmer, much 



of his land being inherited from his father. 
His will, written in a beautiful script, is dated 
July 27, 1793. It is a relic from the hair trunk 
previously mentioned, and has the lower half 
of the sheet burned away. He married, in 
Wilton, Connecticut, February 16, 1738, 
Thankful Belden. who was living in 1793. 
Children: i. Sarah, died in childhood. 2. 
Margaret, born February 20, 1741, died in 
Ballston, Saratoga county. New York, Octo- 
ber 10, 1842. aged 101 years; she married, 
September 18, 1764. Joseph Riggs (second 
wife). She made the journey from Groton, 
Tompkins county. New York, to Ballston, 
during the last year of her life, driving the 
first forty miles to Syracuse ; six children. 
3. Alexander, died in infancy. 4. Alexander, 
born December 10, 1745, died May 5. 1777; 
married Eunice Blackman, in Weston, Con- 
necticut ; three children. 5. William, married 
Susannah Patrick; removed to Fishkill, New 
York, where he purchased four hundred acres 
of land : he had seven children. 6. Timothy, 
born December 28, 1754, died at Verona, 
Oneida county. New York, January 19, 1838: 
served in the revolutionary war; removed to 
New York state after his marriage, and after 
several locations finally settled in Verona ; 
married, June 5, 1785. Abigail Lee; eleven 
children. 7. Mary, born 1764; married, No- 
vember 28, 1779, Thomas Cole, a soldier of 
the revolution. He was taken sick while the 
army of Washington occupied New York City 
and the British were at White Plains. She 
rode to headquarters from her home in Wilton, 
Connecticut, on horseback, passing through 
both British and American lines and brought 
her husband safely home. She drew a wid- 
ow's i)ension until her death ; seven children. 
8. Daniel, of whom further. 

(Ill) Daniel, son of Alexander (2) and 
Thankful (Belden) Resseguie, was born in 
Ridgcfield, Connecticut. May i. 1769, died in 
the town of Northampton, P^ulton county. 
New York. February 2, 1825. He resided for 
a time on Long Island, removed to Charlton, 
Saratoga county, and in 1790 to the town of 
Northampton (then Broadalbin. Montgomery 
county), where he settled on and cultivated 
a farm until his death. He married Mary 
Monroe, born 1763. died October 2, 1828, 
daughter of Captain David Monroe. Chil- 
dren: I. David, of whom further. 2. Mary, 
born January 29, 1787, died in Houndsfield, 
New York, January 18, 1845: married. 1804. 
Joshua Crouch; children: Esther, died in in- 
fancy; Daniel Resseguie; Cynthia. Hannah 
Field. William Harri.son. Samuel. John, and 
Emily Samantha. 3. Esther, born March 31, 
1788,' died August 6. 1844; married Charles 



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Scott, deceased ; no issue. 4. Hannah Maria, 
born 1790, died in Houndsfield, December 
25, 1815; married, 1810, Spafford Field, of 
Watertown, New York. During the war of 
181 2 he was employed by the government 
in building the naval vessel, "New Orleans," 
at Sackett's Harbor, and at the battle here 
served as a "minute man." For his services 
he received a grant of one hundred and sixty 
acres of land. He had one child, who mar- 
ried Nathaniel Warren Green. 5. Daniel, 
born March 9. 1792, died 1867; he was a 
farmer of Northampton, where he was born, 
lived and died ; married, in Benson, New 
York, about 1819, Eunice Crane, born Sep- 
tember 8, 1794, died June 9, 1870; children: 
Orville and Mary. 6. Alexander, died at 
age of seventeen years. 7. Charles, born in 
Northampton, September 9, 1797, died in 
Edinburg, Saratoga county. New York, 
April 18, 1881. At the beginning of the war 
of 1812 he walked, with his brother David, 
to Sackett's Harbor, where the latter enlisted, 
but Charles, being too young, was employed 
to draw wood to the barracks. During the 
construction of the Erie canal he had the 
superintendence of a portion of the work. 
Later he settled down to the life of a farmer. 
He was an official of the Methodist Episcopal 
church, and highly respected by all who knew 
him. He married, January 20, 1830, Lucy, 
daughter of Joseph and Anna (Runnells) 
Corey. She died December 13, 1889. Chil- 
dren : Charles, Edwin, Samuel, Daniel, Lucy 
Ann, and James Birney. 8. Samuel, born 
November 28, 1800, died in Houndsfield, 
March 24, 1853; married, 1822, Lydia, 
daughter of John and Lydia (Sprague) 
Brown, of Ballston, New York. After their 
marriage they made their way with a yoke of 
cattle through the forest to Houndsfield, 
spending days on the journey, the road being 
indicated by "blazed" trees. Children : Dan- 
iel, Esther. Belden, Samuel, Cordelia, David, 
Mary Emily, Minerva and John Brown. 9. 
Jacob, born October 21, 1803 died in Chili, 
New York, December 11, 1875. He was born 
and lived in Northampton a number of years, 
then removed to Chili. He was a railroad 
and canal contractor. He married, in Edin- 
burg, New York, 1826, Elizabeth Cole; 
children : Jerome, Fidelia and Charles Lester. 
10. Belden, born May 2, 1806, died in Rock 
county, Wisconsin. February 9, 1874. He 
was foreman during the construction of the 
Erie canal, and also helped to build the Black 
river canal. He purchased a farm in Wilna, 
Jefiferson county, and during the winter 
months taught school, later removing to Wis- 
consin. He married, at Northville, New York, 



December 10, 1831, Polly Maria Carpenter^ 
born in Reading, Vermont, November 2, 
1812. Giildren: Alexander, Elizabeth, Bel- 
den, Stephen Hubbard Wakeman, Samuel 
and Marion. 11. Gaylord, died unmarried. 

12. Minerva, born February 9, 1809; married, 
in Northampton, January 11, 1832, Hiram, 
son of Joseph Lewis, of Northville. He was- 
born in that village January 22, 1804, died 
December 26, 1858. He was a farmer and 
tanner ; filled the offices of assessor, highway 
and poor commissioner. Children : Mary 
Maria, Celestia Ann and Hannah Minerva. 

(IV) David, son of Daniel and Mary 
(Monroe) Resseguie, was born May 19, 1784,. 
died in Northampton, New York, March 21, 
1882. He removed, with his parents, to 
Charlton, Saratoga county. New York, and 
from there to Northampton (Broadalbin), 
reaching the latter place at the age of three 
years. He served through the war of 1812, 
and during the last twenty years of his life- 
drew a good pension. He was a member of the 
Methodist church, and very hospitable in his 
entertainment of the ministry and brethren. 
He died at the great age of ninety-seven 
years and ten months, ninety-four of these 
years having been spent in Northampton. He 
married, March 3, 1805, ?\Iary Case, born ni 
Massachusetts, died Northville, July 14, 1871, 
daughter of Aaron and Patience (Simmons) 
Case, of Northampton. Children: i. Miranda, 
born August 2, 1806; married, November 15,. 
1826, Isaac Grosbeck. She married (second) 
February 10, 1845, Joshua Wells. 2. Maria, 
died at age of eighteen years. 3. John, of 
whom further. 4. Alexander, born September 

13, 1809; married, February 24, 1839, Jerusha 
Norton, born June 10, 1816; the family re- 
moved to Janesville. Wisconsin. 5. Rufus, 
born February 23, 181 1; married (first) Au- 
gust 28. 1845, Lydia Ann Bennem, who died' 
December 17, 185 1 ; (.second) June 22, 1853, 
Phoebe Amelia Blachly. This family resides 
in Brooklyn, New York. 6. Mary, born Feb- 
ruary 17, 1813; married, November 23, 1830, 
Ebenezer Gifford, born February 26, 1804; 
this family resides in Hunter, Illinois. 7. 
Hiram, born June 13, 1815; married, January 
8, 1840, Mary M. Rogers, born June i. 1818; 
this family reside in Northville, Dakota. 8. 
Hannah, born July 3, 1821 : married. May 17, 
1842, Joseph McCuern. of Xorthville, New 
York. " 

(\') John, son of David and Mary (Case) 
Resseguie, was born in Broadalbin, I'ulton 
county. New York, February 8, 1808, died' 
May 27. 1898. He was educated in the pub- 
lic school and grew up a farmer. He owned ' 
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heavy sole leather in partnership with Wil- 
liam A. Smith. He was the contractor for 
buildings the railroad from Gloversville to 
Northville, and also had large lumber inter- 
ests. He removed to the town of Hope, Ham- 
ilton county, New York, a few miles from 
Northville. He was a trustee of the village 
and supervisor of the town. In all his enter- 
prises he was fairly successful. He held 
high rank in his town, where he was always 
influential and useful. He married, January 
20, 1830, Velitta Palmer, who died March 
31, 1878. Six children: 

I. Emily, born July 2, 1831 ; married, No- 
vember 29, 1849. Joseph Brooker, born Oc- 
tober 6, 1823, died August 27. 1881 ; chil- 
dren : i. Amay, born November 24, 1850, 
died May 13, 1907; married, December 27, 
1868, William B. Abrams, and had four chil- 
dren : a. Delos, born January 25, 1870, mar- 
ried, June 27, 1894, Minnie Knight, and has 
Ruth, born June 7, 1895. and William, born 
November 8, 1897. b. Rupert J., born June 
27, 1872, married, July 17, 1895, Edna Cole, 
and has Carrie, born June 27, 1896; Delos 
B., June 23, 1900; and Lewis E., August 28, 
1902. c. Mae, born May 11, 1878, married 
February i, 1897, Charles R. Fowler, and 
has Charles, born November 8, 1897, 
died August 24, 1898; Kenneth, born 
October 8, 1900; and Marion C, born Septem- 
ber 30, 1907. d. Charles B., born Novem- 
ber 8, 1883, married, June 19, 1907, Jean 
W. Bearcroft, and has Dorothy, born October 
9, 1909. ii. Lydia, born July 31, 1853, mar- 
ried Fred Benton ; children : Edwin, married 
Alice Keller, and has Mina and Raymond, 
iii. Hiram, born July 29, 1855. married Mary 
Gould; children: Catherine, married Alfred 
Noyes, and has Genevieve and Mildred, iv. 
Augusta, born March 14, 1873, married Grant 
HoUey: children: Grant (2), Milton. Eleanor 
May,' Mabel, Sterling R., and Ruth. 

2. Hiram, born in Northampton, Fulton 
county. New York, September 5, 1833, died 
February 22, 1903. He was a most ener- 
getic and influential man. Though deeply 
interested in business he was ever mindful 
of his duty as a citizen. He served as presi- 
dent and again as treasurer of the village ; 
was treasurer of the school board, and helpful 
in every way. He was a trustee of the Metho- 
dist church and a most useful member. He 
married, August 4, 1861, Charlotte M. Stod- 
dard, born April 11, 1836; children: i. Alma 
C, born April 21, 1864. married Thomas N. 
Parker; ii. Charles H., born March 9. 1866, 
married Louise Balcomb, and has Ruth P>., 
born March 24, 1890, and Raymon. Decem- 
ber I, 1893; iii. Harriet R., born April 28. 



1868, married A. J. Cooper, and has Mabel 
R., born March 21. 1900. 

3. Alexander P., born in Northville, l"ul- 
ton county. New York, April 25, 1835. He 
was engaged in the lumber business in 
Brooklyn, New York, for several years, then 
returned home and was superintendent for 
his father in grading and building the North- 
ville railroad. He then began the manufac- 
ture of shoe lasts, in which he continued 
twenty-five years, building up a verv large 
business. He is now living retired, after a 
life of activity and success. He is a Re- 
publican in politics, and a trustee of the 
Methodist church. He has been a Mason for 
many years, and has always taken an active 
interest in that order. He married, Janu- 
ary 8, 1857, Mary A. Lawton. born May 15, 
1835, daughter of Squire and Zarnis (Finch) 
Lawton. Her father served in the war of 
1812, and her maternal great-grandfather 
Pixley served in the revolution. Cliildren : i. 
Estella A., born November 16, 1857; ii. Fred; 
iii. Louise D., born February 17, 1863, mar- 
ried, October 6, 1892, J. B. .\nible, bom Oc- 
tober 29, 1859. 

4. John M., born September 11, 1838. He 
was engaged in tanning with his father un- 
til the outbreak of the civil war, when he en- 
listed in the Thirty-second Regiment, New 
York \'olunteer Infantry, and served four 
years. He returned home and soon after died 
from the efifects of exposure. He married 
Augusta Partridge. 

5. Minerva F., born May 4, 1842 ; married, 
March 5, i860. Dr. John' F. Blake (second 
wife), born in Greenwich, Washington 
county. New York, June 8, 1821, died May 
2, 1896. He practiced in Saratoga county, 
then took special courses in New York City, 
and located in Sacramento, California. In 
1852 he returned to Northville, where he 
practiced until his death. His grandparents 
Blake were born in Scotland. He was a son 
of Andrew and Electa (Wood) Blake. Chil- 
dren of Dr. and Minerva F. Blake ; i. Clarence 
R., graduated from P)urliugton University, of 
\"ermont, M.D. ; in practice with father until 
the death of the latter ; married. May 27. 1886, 
Hattie .A. Brownell, born November 25, 1867, 
and has son. John Harry, born March 4, 1887; 
ii. Louise, born March 25. 1864, married, 
November 4, i8g6. James R. Willard, born 
July 23, 1855, and has James R. (2). born 
January 6, 1900, and Gladys, born July 13, 
1901 ; iii. Margaret, born March 6, 1874. 

6. Charles B., of whom further. 

(VI) Charles B., youngest son of John .ind 
Velitta (Palmer) Resseguie, was born in 
Northville, New York, November 9. 1847. 



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He was educated in the public schools and 
grew up in the tannery business. He became 
interested with his father in his various enter- 
prises while a young man ; then became a clerk 
for George A. Streeter & Brother, later 
Streeter & Son, finally purchasing their grain 
business. He next bought an interest in 
the hardware business of James B. Wilson, 
later becoming sole owner. He admitted 
Scott Partridge, and as Resseguie & Partridge 
they continued the hardware business and 
added glove manufacture. Mr. Resseguie has 
been a successful business man, and worthily 
carries his family name. He has been presi- 
dent of the village of Northville, and treas- 
urer of the village school board. He is a 
member of the Methodist Episcopal church, 
the Improved Order of Red Men, and is a 
Republican in politics. He married, Septem- 
"ber 14. 1870, Robertina Hubbell, born Au- 
g^ust 23, 1847. Children: i. Ray, born No- 
vember 9. 1871, died May 5, 1902; married, 
June 17, 1893, Elizabeth Scribner, and had 
son, Clarence L., born April 9, 1894. 2. 
Fred, born August 12, 1874; a physician of 
Saratoga Springs ; married, October 27, 1905, 
Helen Hanson. 3. Edwin W., born July 3, 
1880; married, June 27, 1906, Mae Carpenter, 
and has Helen, born February 16, 1908, and 
Margaret, January 5, igio. 



The present is the third genera- 
WEST tion of this branch of the West 
family in the United States. None 
of the name, honorably as it has been borne, 
will be more gratefully remembered or ten- 
derly cherished than Hon. George West, of 
Ballston Spa, New York. 

George West was born in Brandon, Eng- 
land, February 17, 1823. He received a good 
common school education, and early in life 
began work in a paper mill, where he thor- 
oughly mastered the various processes of mak- 
ing paper. He married, in England, in Febru- 
ary, 1840, and having then reached his twenty- 
sixth year he came to the United States. For 
one year he was employed in New Jersey, then 
removed to Massachusetts, where he obtained 
a position in a large paper mill. He soon 
became manager of the mill, and in a very few 
years was admitted a partner. In 1861 he 
removed to Ballston Spa, New York, where 
he was superintendent of one of the large 
mills at Rock City Falls. It was now the 
period of the civil war, and the scarcity of 
cotton was being severely felt, particularly by 
the mills producing cotton bags; many mills 
closed, and the demand for flour sacks be- 
came very great. .\t this juncture Mr. West 
saw his great opportunity. Leasing an idle 



mill he announced that he would make bags 
of paper. All doubted that he could make 
them strong enough to carry in safety fifty 
pounds of flour. He very soon demonstrated 
that he could, and began the manufacture of 
manila paper bags, and employed Martin V. 
B. White, an ingenious mechanic, to make the 
first lot by hand. The bags were all that 
Mr. West claimed for them, and orders began 
to pour in. He erected a bag mill adjoining 
his paper mill at Rock City Falls, and with 
a slow hand process laid the foundation of 
his large business and fortune. After he 
had been operating by the hand process for 
several months, a man of ordinary appearance 
called at his office one day and told him he 
could construct a machine that would do the 
same work far more rapidly. Mr. West at 
once entered into a contract with his visitor 
to build such a machine in his mill. The 
man made his promises good, and within a 
few weeks the machine was in successful oper- 
ation. The mechanical principle of his first 
bag-making machine is the same upon which 
the wonderful machines of to-day are built. 
Mr. West was the pioneer paper-bag manu- 
facturer, a business which has grown to be 
one of the world's greatest industries. In 
1862 he purchased the Empire Mill at Rock 
City Falls, and in 1866 built the Excelsior 
Mill, at the same point, and from time to 
time, as business increased, built or purchased 
additional mills along the stream. The death 
of John Howey, in 1875, compelled the sale 
of his four cotton factories, his mansion in 
Ballston Spa, and a large number of tene- 
ment houses. Mr. West became the purchaser 
of the entire estate. He converted one of 
the factories into a paper mill and one into 
a bag mill. When the Milton avenue fac- 
tory was burned he replaced it with the large 
Union Mill. In 1880 he purchased the paper 
mill at Hadley on the Hudson, and erected 
another large mill. He was now the largest 
manufacturer of his specialties in the entire 
world. He owned and operated nine paper 
mills, a pulp mill and two mills making noth- 
ing but manila paper and paper bags. He 
admitted his son, George, and his son-in-law, 
Douglass W. Mabee, to the business, which 
in 1899 was sold in its entirety to the Union 
Bag and Paper Company, and Mr. West re- 
tired from active business after a career of 
unprecedented success. He died at his home 
on Milton avenue, September 20, 1901, in his 
seventy-ninth year. 

He gave a great deal of time to the pub- 
lic service. In 1871 he was elected to the 
state assembly, and re-elected 1872-73-74-75; 
in 1881 was elected to congress and 'served 




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two terms; was again elected in 188". He 
spent eleven years in office and declined all 
further honors. He was an ardent Republi- 
can, and always retained an active interest 
in political affairs. He was a member of 
the -Methodist Episcopal church, his liberality 
•enabling: that society to erect, in 1892. their 
present fine church in Rallston Spa. He con- 
tributed one-half the cost, besides giving: the 
pipe organ and other fixtures. He contrib- 
uted a princely sum toward the erection of 
a fine museum building at Round Lake, New 
York, and provided an endowment fund for 
its permanent support. His liberality toward 
every worthy cause was very great, and he 
left behind a most gracious memory. He was 
large in physique as well as mentally. He 
accomplished much and left the world better 
for his having lived in it. 

He married Louisa Rose, born in England ; 
six children, three of whom lived to adult life, 
■George. Walter S., and Florence L., who 
married D. W. Mabee, and has seven chil- 
■dren : Louise, George, Walter, Florence, Al- 
fred, David, Margaret. 

(H) George (2), son of George (i) and 
Louisa (Rose) West, was born February 17, 
1845. in Devonshire, England, died January 
23, 1906. He was engaged with his father 
in the manufacture of paper all his life, and 
in later years was his partner. He was an 
•eminently capable business man, and of fine 
mind and character. He married, June 13, 
1870. Emily Hewitt, born May 3, 1848, daugh- 
ter of Orrin and Cynthia (Hewitt) Hathorn, 
■oi Greenfield, Saratoga county. New York 
(see Hathorn VIII). Children: Fred Hath- 
orn, Walter Scott, and George (3) West. 

(The Hathorn Line). 
This name is spelled either Hathorne, 
Hathorn or Hawthorne, by members of the 
same family, descendants of William and John 
Hathorn, of early colonial record. There 
have been many distinguished men who have 
Ijorne the name, and the curse pronounced 
liy the husband of a woman who was being 
tried for witchcraft before Judge John 
Hathorn in Salem, seems to have spent its 
force long ago. There are ugly records of 
these trials, but it is probably to this one that 
the traditional curse is traceable, the husband 
having exclaimed that God would avenge his 
wife's sufferings. William, the father of John 
Hathorn (also a magistrate), spent the force 
■of his wrath against the Quakers, and was 
notorious for his remorselessness towards 
some of their women, "Annie Coleman and her 
four friends." Albeit, before being appointed 
a magistrate he had opposed the persecution 



of Quakers. Yet he is to be credited with 
the e.xecution of John Flint for killing an 
Indian, and to the protest against English 
interference with the internal affairs of New 
England, which sounded a note of independ- 
ence even at that early day.- 

(I) William and Sara Hathorn, of Bimfield. 
Berkshire, England, had eight children, three 
of whom, William, Eliza and John, emigrated 
to America. William, the eldest son, came 
over with Governor Winthrop's company in 
the "Arbella," and settled in Salem, ^lassa- 

chusetts, June 12, 1630. Eliza married 

Davenport. John came over in 1635 and set- 
tled in Salem. William became a man of 
great importance in the colony. He was 
deputy to general court ; major of the first 
regularly organized company, or train band, 
in Salem, and fought in the Indian campaigns ; 
was also a magistrate and sullied his fair fame 
by cruelly persecuting the Quakers, although, 
from the Puritan standpoint' they were doing 
God and the church a service. He died in 
1681, in his seventy-fourth year; will proved 
June 28, 1681. Children: A daughter, who 

married Helwise; Sarah, married, 

April 13, 1663, Joseph Coker ; Eleazer, married 
Abigail, daughter of Captain George Curwen; 
Nathaniel, born August 11, 1639; John, see 
forward; Anna, married Joseph Porter; Cap- 
tain William, married Sarah ; Eliza- 
beth, married Israel Porter. 

(II) John, son of William and Anne (Dav- 
enport) Hathorn, was born August 4, 1641, 
died May 10, 1717. He was deputy, colonel, 
magistrate, judge, and a cruel and remorseless 
leader in the witchcraft persecution. Much 
as we may feel like condemning these men 
for their cruel and often inhuman treatment 
of those brought under their authority, all 
admit that they founded a state and reared 
a [josterity that make glorious the pages of 
American history. John Hathorn was the 
ancestor of the gentle and gifted Nathaniel 
Hawthorne, of the sixth generation, who in 
later years wrote of his two earlier ances- 
tors: "The present writer, as their representa- 
tive, hereby takes shame upon myself for 
their sakes, and pray that any curse incurred 
by them, as I have heard, and as the dreary 
and unprosperous condition of the race for 
many a long year back would argue to exist, 
may be now and henceforth removed." Cap- 
tain Daniel Hathorne, of the revolutionary 
army, and many, many others of note, also 
descend from John. He married, January 22, 
1674, Ruth, daughter of Lieutenant George 
Gardner. Children: John (2), born Janu- 
ary 10, 1675; Nathaniel, November 25, 1678; 
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forward; Joseph, married Sarah, daughter of 
Captain Bowditch; Ruth, married James Put- 
man ; Benjamin. 

(HI) Ebenezer, son of John and Ruth 
(Gardner) Hathorn, was baptized March, 
1685, and was of London, England, in 1726. 
He married Esther Witt and children were 
born to them. 

(IV) Ebenezer (2), son of Ebenezer (i) 
and Esther (Witt) Hathorn, was baptized 
July 7, 1715. He was a soldier of the French 
and Indian war of 1755, and after the sur- 
render of Fort William Henry by the English, 
was taken prisoner by the Indians and after- 
wards made his escape by strategy and fleet- 
ness of foot. He was a blacksmith by trade, 
and carried on business with his brother. They 
also manufactured steelyards. In 1755 he 
was constable, and from 1777 to 1796 highway 
surveyor and auditor. He married Keziah 
CoUins, born October 11, 1730. They had 
three sons, all of whom were of Jaffrey, New 
Hampshire. 

(V) Collins, son of Ebenezer (2) and 
Keziah (Collins) Hathorn, was of Jaffrey, 
New Hampshire. He was an enrolled soldier 
in 1784. He married Sarah Dean. Children: 
Benjamin, born 1761 ; Keziah, 1763; Collins 
(2), 1765; Sally, 1767; Hepzibah, 1768; Wil- 
liam, 1772; Rebecca, 1774; Olive, 1776; Sam- 
uel, 1778: Pollv, 1781 ; Seth, 1785. 

(VI) Collins' (2), son of Collins (i) and 
Sarah (Dean) Hathorn, was born in Jaffrey, 
New Hampshire. He was 'the first of his 
family to settle in New York state. (New 
Hampshire state papers, vol. 15, pages 216- 
217.) Payroll of Captain Salmon Stone's com- 
pany, in Colonel Nichols' regiment. General 
Stark's brigade .... which company 
marched from Rindge. in state, July 17, 1777, 
and joined the northern Continental army at 
Bennington and Stillwater ; Collins Hathorn, 
private; ditto; an enrolled soldier in 1784. 
He married Annie Smith, and settled in 
Greenfield, Saratoga county. New York. Chil- 
dren : Seth, born May 2, 1797, died March 13, 
1880; Lyman, March 2, 1801 ; Smith, July 
8, 1804, died about 1890; Orrin, September 7, 
1806, see forward; William, Decernber 31, 
1809; Phoebe, August 3, 181 1; Henry Har- 
rison, November 28, 181 3, died February 20, 
1887; James D., July ^4, 1817. 

(VII) Orrin, son of Collins (2) and Annie 
(Smith) Hathorn, was born in Greenfield, 
Saratoga county, New York, September 7, 
1806. He was a farmer all of his life; he was 
a Baptist and a Republican. He married 
Cynthia Hewitt. Children : Charlotte, Henry, 
Fannie, Cordelia, Emily H. and Isaac. 

(VIII) Emily Hewitt, daughter of Orrin 



and Cynthia (Hewitt) Hathorn, married 
George (2) West (see West II). 

John Hathorn, "distinguished in civil and' 
military affairs." (See Farmers' General 
Register of First Settlers of New England.) 
William Hathorn (and brother), in 1645, 
agent to treat with D'Aulnay, French agent 
at St. Croix ; deputy general court Massa- 
chusetts : first speaker; served in King Philip's 
war; ordered sent to England by Charles II. 
in 1660. (See Appleton's American Biogra- 
phy.) 

John Hathorn, great-grandson of Johni 
(11) Hathorn, although not in the line direct 
of Emily H. Hathorn West, was colonel of 
Orange County Militia, Fifth Regiment, New 
York ; was successively captain, colonel, briga- 
dier and major-general ; his military service 
covered a period of many years, 1775-1812; 
commanded at Minisink; member New York 
assembly, 1777-87; speaker of the assembly 
that met in New York in 1784; state senator, 
1787, and in 1804 presidential elector; mem- 
ber of congress, 1789-gi, and from 1795 to- 
1797- 



The West family were of Eng- 
WEST lish origin and were early settlers 

in New England. They have 
been prominent and influential wherever 
foimd. 

( I ) Matthew West was of Lynn, Massa- 
chusetts, in 1636; freeman, 1637. In 1646 he 
was of Newport, Rhode Island, where he 
was made a freeman in 1655. He was a 
tailor by trade. There is no record 
of his marriage, and it is assumed by the 
Genealogist Austin in his "Genealogical Dic- 
tionary of Rhode Island" that his sons were 
Nathaniel, John, Robert, Bartholomew and 
Francis, who cannot be confounded with 
Francis of Duxbury, although the latter may 
have been related to the Rhode Island Wests. 
I. Nathaniel, died at Newport in 1659: he and 
wife were among the first twelve members of 
the First Baptist Church ; accidentally 
drowned. 2. John, of Newport ; made a free- 
man in 1655. 3. Robert, of Providence, 
Rhode Island, and Monmouth county. New 
Jersey; in 1667 was one of the original pur- 
chasers in Monmouth, New Jersey ; died 

1697 ; married Elizabeth ; children : 

Joseph, John and Robert. 4. Bartholomew, 
see forward. 5. Francis, of Kingstown, 
Rhode Island ; married ; children : Francis 
and Richard. 

(II) Bartholomew, son of Matthew 
West, was of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and 
Monmouth, New Jersey. In 1667 he was an 
early and original purchaser of lands in Mon- 




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mouth with his brother Robert, and in the 
same year was elected deputy. He died prior 
to October 30, 1703, as is seen by a deed of 
that date from his son, John West, of Shrews- 
bury, New Jersey, wherein he reserves one- 
half acres of ground where his father is 
buried. He married Elizabeth, daughter of 
William and Audry Almy. Children: Bar- 
tholomew, William, John and Stephen. 

(HI) Stephen, son of Bartholomew and 
Elizabeth (Almy) W'est, was born in 1654. 
There is no record that shows whether he 
went to New Jersey with the family or not, 
but if he did he returned to Massachusetts 
and settled at Dartmouth, where his children 
were born. His wife's name is not recorded, 
but the births of nine children are as follows: 
Katherine, born September 9, 1684; Sarah, 
August I, 1686; Ann, July 9, 1688; Bartholo- 
mew, July 31, 1690; Amy, May 22, 1693; 
Stephen, May 19, 1695; John, April 27, 1697; 
Eunice, June 21, 1699; Lois, April 12, 1701. 

(IV) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i) 
West, was born May 19. 1695, in Dartmouth, 
Massachusetts, died in that town between 
1768 and 1770. He was a man of consider- 
alDle means, as shown by proceedings attend- 
ing the settlement of his estate. His first 

wife was Susannah , as in 1729 and 

1730 Stephen and Susannah West conveyed 
lands. He married (second) Hopestill 

, who survived him, and made a quit 

claim of dower right October 15, 1778. 
Stephen had three sons and three daughters, 
mentioned in his will, which was made Janu- 
ary 3, 1768. Samuel, Stephen, Bartholomew, 
Anna, Susannah, Hannah. 

(V) Stephen (3), son of Stephen (2) and 
Susannah West, was born about 1730 in Dart- 
mouth, where he lived and probably died. 
He inherited property under his father's will, 
and in 1770 an indenture shows a division of 
Cedar Swamp property between him and his 
brothers, Bartholomew and Samuel. He was 
a private of Captain Robert Earl's company 
(Dartmouth), Colonel Josiah Whitney's regi- 
ment, in service from August 4, 1777, to Sep- 
tember 10, 1778; one month, seven days, at 
Rhode Island; also Captain Avery Parker's 
(first) company. Colonel John Hathaway 's, 
(second) Bristol company : entered service Au- 
gust 3, 1780, discharged August 8, 1780; ser- 
vice six days on an alarm at Rhode Island. 
(Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the 
Revolution, vol. xvi, p. 901.) Stephen West 
married, and had issue, including a son, Jona- 
than, founder of the Saratoga county, New 
York, family. 

(VI) Jonathan, son of Stephen (3) West, 
was born about 1765 or 1770. He was the 



first of his family to settle in northern New 
York. He was living in New Bedford, Mas- 
sachusetts, and from there, in 1791, jour- 
neyed to Saratoga county with an ox-team, 
two cows, two sheep and such household 
goods as could be packed and transported in 
one wagon through an unbroken wilderness a 
good part of the way. He located in the town 
of Galway, purchased a tract of land, then 
in a wild state, that he converted into a fer- 
tile farm, and lived upon its proceeds until 
his death in 1857. He was twice married, 
his first wife, whom he married in Massachu- 
setts, succumbed to the pioneer privations 
after reaching New York. She bore him 
seven children. He married (second) Betsey 
Warren, in Galway, where she was born, lived 
and died. 

(\TI) Matthew, son of Jonathan West, 
was born in Galway, Saratoga county. New 
York, in 1816, died in 1881. He was a 
farmer and lived his entire life on the old 
West farm in Galway. He became an impor- 
tant man in the town ; was captain of militia 
and held many local political offices ; was a 
Democrat, ancl during the civil war was an 
intense Union man. He married, in Charles- 
town, Montgomery county, New York, Febru- 
ary 14, 1839, Elizabeth Doty, of Duanesburg, 
Schenectady county. New York, a descend- 
ant of Edward Doty, a "Mayflower" passen- 
ger (see Doty VII). Children: James Mar- 
vin, born March 12, 1840; William Henry, 
October 8, 1842, died July 5, 1861 ; George 
Nelson, October 17, 1849, <^I'ef' February 14, 
1854; George Herrick, see forward. 

(VIII) George Herrick, youngest son of 
Matthew and Elizabeth (Doty) West, was 
born in Galway, Saratoga county, New York, 
December 23, 1854. He was educated in the 
public schools of Galway, Troy Business Col- 
lege and the Union Classical Institute of 
Schenectady. He taught school for four years, 
then engaged in mercantile life in Galway 
until 1891. In 1897 he removed to Ballston 
Spa and engaged in a general insurance and 
real estate business, continuing until 1905, 
when he retired. Mr. West has had an impor- 
tant and interesting public career, beginning 
when a boy of nineteen years of age. In 
that year he began his fight agaist licensing 
the liquor traffic under the law of 1874, elect- 
ing commissioners of excise, and was one of 
the five organizers of the first temi)crance 
society of the town of Galway. In 1889 he 
was elected school commissioner of the first 
school district of Saratoga county, New ^■ork, 
which office he held for six years. In 1897 he 
was special agent for the forest, fish and game 
commission. In 1898-99 he was elected to 



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the New York assembly, serving with credit 
and force. In 1901 he was appointed clerk 
of Saratoga county by Governor Benjamin 
B. Odell, and by successive re-election still 
retains that office. He has made a faithful 
and efificient county clerk, and has the confi- 
dence of the people, and the commendation 
of those having business to transact with 
that office. Was chairman of Republican 
county committee from 1895 to' 1909. The 
Secret Law and Order League of the State 
of New York was founded and organized in 
1905 through his efforts, and he is now its 
president and superintendent, working with- 
out compensation. This organization was in- 
corporated in January, 1909, for the purpose 
of discouraging and suppressing Sunday 
desecration, distribution of obscene literature, 
the social evil, the white slave traffic, and to 
.•secure the enforcement of the laws against 
illegal liquor selling in license and no-license 
towns, gambling places and all dens of vice. 
The League has secured good results from 
tts efforts, and is continuing its work with 
vigor. In all reform movements, whether 
political or social, Mr. West has always taken 
an active part. He is a member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, which he joined in 
1870. His fraternal orders are the Free and 
Accepted Masons, International Order of 
Good Templars and the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows. He married, May 18, 1881, 
Carrie L., of Galway, New York, daughter 
of Peleg Burdick, of that town. 

(The Doty Line). 
Elizabeth Doty, mother of George H. West, 
was of the eighth generation of Dotys in 
America, she being the daughter of the sev- 
enth Doty in direct succession, beginning with 
Edward Doty, a passenger on the "May- 
flower," 1620, and signer of the compact. 
Governor William Bradford, in his "History 
of Plymouth Plantation," gives, in his list of 
"Passengers of the Mayflower," this item: 
"Mr. Stephen Hopkins and Elizabeth, his wife, 
and two children, called Giles and Constanta, 
a daughter both by a former wife, anil two 
more by this wife, called Damaris and 
Oceanus, the last born at sea, and two serv- 
ants called Edward Doty and Edward Lits- 
ter." Further on he .states: "Edward Doty 
and Edward Litster, the servants of Mr. Hop- 
kins, Litster, after he was at liberty, went to 
Virginia and ther dyed, but Edward Doty, 
by a second wife, hath seven children, and 
both he and they are living" (1650). Stephen 
Hopkins was a tanner, and the term "servant" 
probably means a workman, or in this case an 
apprentice. Edward Doty was invited to 



sign the compact, was treated as one of the 
company, and received the same allotment 
of land and stores as all other single men. 
This would indicate that he had reached his 
majority, though he probably owed some ser- 
vice to Stephen Hopkins. He is spoken of as 
a youth, and the presumption is that he had 
reached his twenty-first year. If this be true 
he was born about 1599. The name is spelled 
variously Doty, Doten, Dote and Dotez. 

(I) Edward Doty arrived in America on the 
"Alayflower," 1620. He was a wild youth 
apparently, and was a principal in the first 
duel fought in New England. He settled 
down and became one of the leading land 
owners and respected citizens. In 1672 he 
was one of the purchasers of Dartmouth, and 
owned much land elsewhere. He died at 
Plymouth, August 23, 1675. He married Faith 
Clarke, who survived him, born 1619, daugh- 
ter of Thurston and Faith Clarke. She was 
but sixteen years old when married, January 
6, 1635. They had ten children. 

(II) Joseph, youngest son of Edward and 
Faith (Clarke) Doty, was born at Plymouth, 
Massachusetts, April 30, 1651. He was a 
farmer and surveyor, and was one of the 
original purchasers and proprietors of Roches- 
ter, Massachusetts, where he was a man of 
importance. He was ensign, treasurer and 
large land owner. He married (first) Eliza- 
beth, born at Plymouth, September 5, 1654, 
daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Walker) 
Warren. She died about 1679, and he mar- 
ried (second) Deborah Hatch, born in Scitu- 
ate, Massachusetts, about 1662, daughter of 
Walter and Elizabeth (Holbrook) Hatch. 
She died at Rochester, Massachusetts, June 
21, 171 1, and he married (third), at Roches- 
ter, March 9, 1712, Sarah Edwards, who 
died about 1732-35. He had two children by 
first marriage, seven by second antl nine by 
third marriage. 

(III) John, son of Joseph and Deborah 
(Hatch) Doty, was born in Rochester, Massa- 
chusetts, March i, 1688. He left Rochester 
after his marriage and probably settled at 
Sharon, Connecticut, although there are no 
records to support the supposition. There is 
little record of him except land transfers 
in Rochester and Wareham, where he sold 
land in 1742-45. He married Elizabeth 

, and had two children, Samuel and 

Simeon. 

(IV) Samuel, .son of John and Elizabeth 
Doty, was born in Rochester, Massachusetts, 
about 1714. He was a mariner and was 
called "captain." He settled in Sharon, Con- 
necticut, where he was an active dealer in 
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to Amenia, Dutchess county, New York. He 
was a man of abilitj' and energy. He mar- 
ried (first), January 19, 1738-39, Zeruiah 
Lovell, who died December 11, 1760. She is 
buried at Sharon, Connecticut, where her 
tombstone says- "died aged forty-three years." 
He married (second), April 16, 1761, EHza- 
beth Southard. They had thirteen children, 
and he also had ten by his first marriage. 

(V) Asa, son of Samuel and Zeruiah 
(Lovell) Doty, was born at Wareham, Mas- 
sachusetts, November 6, 1746. He was fa- 
tally injured at Sharon, Connecticut, in 1788, 
by falling from a wagon. He was a soldier 
of the revolution, and in 1775 was an ensign 
in Albany county. He married Sarah Bar- 
num, in Sharon, Connecticut, who survived 
him and removed to southwestern New York 
with her daughter. They were the parents of 
seven children. 

[\l) Joshua Lovell, eldest son of Asa and 
Sarah (Ijarnum) Doty, was born in Sharon, 
Connecticut, 1769. He removed to Schenec- 
tady county. New York, where he died at 
Braman Corners in 1842. He married Mary 
Clayton, born in Connecticut, 1783. died in 
Schenectady county. New York, April i, 1868. 
They had six children. 

(VH) Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua Lov- 
ell and Mary (Clayton) Doty, born July 5, 
1822, died 1893, married Matthew West (see 
West VH). 

(Vni) George Herrick, son of Matthew 
and Elizabeth (Doty) West, married Carrie 
L. Burdick (see West XIU). 



The Finch family was founded 
FINCH in the town of Broadalbin, Ful- 
ton county, by Rev. Jonathan 
Finch, a native of Saratoga county, a minis- 
ter of the Baptist church. During the war 
of 1812 he accompanied the American army 
as chaplain and received a wound which crip- 
pled one of his hands. He came to Broadal- 
bin in December, 1793, and there founded 
the first Baptist church in the town. He mar- 
ried, and among the children was a son. 

(H) Joshua, son of Rev. Jonathan Finch, 
was born in Saratoga county. New York, in 
the town of Providence. He was a farmer 
and contractor, prominent in town affairs and 
a member of the Baptist church. He mar- 
ried Sarah Clement and had children. Sam- 
uel Rogers, of whom further; Lansing; Jud- 
son ; Tudson ; Emily ; Thomas ; Charles. 

(HI) Samuel Rogers, son of Joshua and 
Sarah (Clement) Finch, was born in Provi- 
dence. Saratoga county, New York, August 
18, 1815, died in Broadalbin. Fulton county, 
Mav 13^ 1895. He was a prosperous farmer, 



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and after his active days were over, retired 
to Broadalbin, where his sons were living. 
He was a member of the Baptist church, and 
a Republican in politics. He married, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1842, Pamelia Shew, born May 11, 
1821, died April, 1901. Children: i. Elizabeth 
A., born December 28, 1843; married, Sep- 
tember 4, 1865, John W. Gardiner; children: 
i. Irwin ; ii. Roger, married Harriet Smith, 
and has a son, Allen ; iii. John, married Cathe- 
rine Miller, and has a son, Wesley; iv. Bessie, 
married Howard Coombs, and has Elizabeth, 
Howard and Roger; v. Miriam. 2. William 
W., of whom further. 3. Susan E., born Sep- 
tember 26, 1848; married, December 23, 1874, 
Addison A. Gardiner, see forward; children: 
i. Fannie, born September 12, 1875, married, 
September 21, 1898, Daniel D. Nelson: chil- 
dren : Evelyn, Ruth and Donald ; ii. Harry, 
born January 25. 1877; iii. John, born Oc- 
tober 8, 1878, mariied. October 20. 1900, 
Miriam Burr; iv. Nellie, born April 28, 1883; 
v. Paul, born August 14, 1887. 4. Henry 
Clement, of whom further. 5. Alice C. born 
April 26, 1862, in Northampton, Fulton 
county, New York ; educated at Broadalbin 
high school and Cortland State Normal, since 
graduation has been engaged in teaching. 

Addison A. Gardiner, who married Susan 
E. Finch, was .son of Sylvester and Mary Ann 
(Perry) Gardiner. He was born October 10, 
1844. in Athens, Greene county. New York, 
died May 7, 1909. He was educated in the 
public school, and worked with his father 
at brickmaking until he was seventeen \ear3 
of age, when he enlisted in Company I, 
Ninety-third Regiment, New York N'olun- 
teers. and served for three years. He then 
re-enlisted. At the battle of the Wilderness, 
May 5, 1864, he was wounded in the left leg 
in such a manner that amputation was neces- 
sary. He returned to Athens where he was 
appointed i)OStmaster and served for several 
years. Later he removed to Broadalbin where 
he opened a real estate and insurance office. 
He was also pension agent, justice of the 
peace and justice of sessions. He was editor 
of the Broadalbin Herald, and for ten years 
served as postmaster. He was a Republican 
in politics and represented his town in the 
Fulton county board of supervisors. He was 
a member of the board of education, and was 
connected with the difl'erent social and fra- 
ternal orders of the town, including the Grand 
Army of the Republic Post, which he helped 
to organize, and the local lodge of Red Men. 
He was an active and earnest member of the 
Baptist church, which he served as deacon and 
trustee. 

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Rogers and Pamelia (Shew) Finch, was born 
in Old Saratoga, New York, April 2, 1846. 
He was educated in the public schools at 
Perth and Fish House. When but a lad of 
fifteen years he enlisted November 3, 1861, in 
Company D, Seventy-seventh Regiment, New 
York State Volunteers, Bemis Heights' Bat- 
talion, and served with that regiment for 
three years. He was honorably discharged 
and returned home and spent that winter in 
school. In April, 1865, he re-enlisted in the 
Eighth Regiment Veteran Volunteers, known 
as Hancock's Corps, from which he was hon- 
orably discharged in 1866. During his first 
enlistment his regiment was attached to the 
Army of the Potomac and for three years 
his fortunes were those of that hard-fought, 
often-whipped, but finally victorious army. He 
participated in forty-three battles. On his six- 
teenth birthday he was under fire at York- 
town, \'irginia. A few days after passing 
his seventeenth birthday he was wounded dur- 
ing the second battle of Fredericksburg, after 
he fell, severely injured, the Union forces re- 
treated, pursued by the Confederates, both 
armies passing over him. The L^nion troops 
rallied, repulsed the rebels, drove them back 
and when his own regiment again reached him 
they discovered the lad bruised and wounded. 
He was taken from the field, sent to the hos- 
pital, and, recovering from his injuries, re- 
turned to his regiment. At the battle of the 
Wilderness he received his second wound ; his 
third was received in conflict near Washing- 
ton. During his second term of enlistment 
he was on garrison duty while the Union 
army was being mustered out and disbanded. 
During his first term of service he was pro- 
moted to the rank of sergeant, and was dis- 
charged the second time, ranking as corporal. 
After the war he came to Broadalbin, where 
he joined his father and remained at home 
five years engaged in farming. He next en- 
gaged in mercantile life, first as clerk, later 
as a member of the firm of W. W. Finch & 
Company, general merchants, continuing un- 
til 1883. in that year he took advantage of 
the homestead laws and, going west, took up 
a soldier's claim and returned to farming, 
continuing four years, after which he was 
engaged in mercantile business until 1895, 
when he sold out. and returned to his eastern 
home. He established in Broadalbin a coal 
and wood yard, where he also operates a steam 
mill, grinding flour, feed, etc. He has had 
an adventurous, prosperous life and still con- 
tinues the active, energetic man of business. 
He is a member of Colonel McKean Post, No. 
289, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he 
is past commander. He is a deacon of the 



Baptist church of Broadalbin, and a member 
of the Masonic order. He is Republican in 
politics and served for two years as town 
clerk. 

He married, November 4, 1871, Caroline E. 
Lee, born January i, 1846, daughter of 
Thomas and Adeline (Guinad) Lee (see Lee 
I). Children: Nelson L., born January 12, 
1873; Ada, January 22, 1876, died May 3, 
1888; W. Wallace, December 4, 1877; Lewis, 
January 19, 1878, married, August 15, 1907, 
Elsie Kerser ; children : Sayna and Gladys, 
born June 17, 1908; Bessie I\L, July 8, 1880; 
T. Rogers, February 10, 1888, died June 3, 
1910. 

(IV) Dr. Henry Clement, fourth child and 
second son of Samuel Rogers and Pamelia 
(Shew) Finch, was born in Broadalbin, Ful- 
ton county. New York, April 27, 1858. He 
was educated in the common and high schools 
of his town. Deciding upon the profession 
of medicine he began his studies with Dr. 
Barker, of Broadalbin, after which he entered 
Albany Medical College, where he was gradu- 
ated RI.D., class of 1882. He at once en- 
tered on the practice of his profession at 
Broadalbin, where his medical and surgical 
skill, combined with rare personal qualities, 
have endeared him to the people and gained 
him a most satisfactory practice. Dr. Finch 
has not only achieved professional success and 
reputation, but is one of Broadalbin's most 
capable, successful business men. In 1884 he 
established a drug business in the town. In 
1886 Richard Lee was admitted a partner 
under the firm name of Finch & Lee, and so 
continued until January i, 1909, when they 
consolidated with Bradford & Dickinson as 
the Broatlalbin Drug Company, with Mr. 
Bradford as president. Dr. Finch as vice-presi- 
dent, Mr. Lee, treasurer. He was one of the 
organizers of the Broadalbin Knitting Com- 
pany, of which he is president and treasurer. 
He is secretary and treasurer of the Broad- 
albin Electric Light & Power Company, presi- 
dent of the Kurje-Nuck Hall Association, and 
is a member of the firm of W. W. Finch & 
Company. He is a Republican in politics, and 
served a term as coroner of Fulton county, 
New York. He is an ex-president of the Ful- 
ton County Medical Society, and is a member 
of the State Medical Society. He is a mem- 
ber and trustee of the Baptist church of 
Broadalbin. He married, September i, 1881, 
Lottie A., born February 27, 1862, daughter 
of Dr. Barker, of Broadalbin. Children : i. 
Burton Roland, born September 20, 1882, died 
December 23, 1900. 2. Grace May, August 
19, 1884, a graduate of Gloversville high 
school and Vassar College, class of 1908, now 




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a teacher in Broadalbin high school. 3. Percy 
Henry, January 21, 1890, a graduate of the 
Broadalbin and Gloversville high schools, now 
a student of Union University (Albany Medi- 
cal School), class of 191 1. 4. Cecil Clement, 
August 8, 1893, educated in Broadalbin high 
school, attended Colgate Academy two years, 
now a student in Rensselaer Polytechnic In- 
stitute, Troy, New York, class of 1914. 5. 
Millicent Marian, April 25, 1898. 



The Lees of Broadalbin, New York, 
LEE are of English ancestry, and but two 

generations removed from their na- 
tive land. Thomas Lee, born 181 8, in Barby, 
Northamptonshire. England, came to the 
United States in 1831, alone, and only a lad, 
settling at Greenbush (opposite Albany), now 
the city of Rensselaer. He here learned the 
trade of locksmith with a Captain Gaines. 
After completing his years of apprenticeship 
he formed a partnership with Lawrence Van 
Buskirk, and located in Troy, New York, 
as Lee & Van Buskirk. They carried on a 
prosperous business in Troy for several years 
when the firm dissolved, Mr. Lee going to 
Broadalbin, Fulton county, where he purchased 
a small farm of fifty-six acres and devoted 
the remainder of his years to its cultivation. 
During the civil war he enlisted in the Tenth 
Regiment, New York Cavalry, and served 
three years. He enlisted from Broadalbin, 
September 4, 1862, being then forty-four 
years of age, mustered in October 30, 1862, 
sick in hospital from April, 1864, to July, 
1864. He was also sick in the First Division, 
United States General Hospital, Alexandria, 
Virginia, November and December, 1864; 
mustered out June 2, 1865. He saw much 
hard service with the "Tenth," a famous 
fighting regiment. He was a member of 
Colonel McKean Post, Grand Army of the 
Republic, a Republican in politics, and a 
member of the Baptist church. He married, 
March, 1844, Adeline Guinad, born February 
28, 1827. Children: Caroline E., born Janu- 
ary I, 1846, married William W. Finch, No- 
vember 4, 1 87 1 (see Finch IV), and had chil- 
dren: Nelson L., Ada, W. Wallace, Lewis, 
Bessie AL, and T. Rogers ; Rebecca, married 
James B. Spence ; Charlotte, married William 
\'ail : Henrietta, married Thomas Cleveland, 
and had Lee and Percy; Lewis M., married 
Elva Stone, and had Miriam, Ernest, Elwood 
and Carrie: Richard H., of whom further; 
Jennie, died in infancy. 

(H) Richard Henry, second .son and fifth 
child of Thomas and Adeline (Guinad) Lee, 
was born in Broadalbin, Fulton county. New 
York. June 16, i860. He was well educated 



in the public schools, and, after completing 
his studies, taught in the public schools for 
four years. He began his commercial life in 
1884, with Dr. Henry C. Finch as partner 
in the drug firm. Finch & Lee, continuing 
until the incorporation of the Broadalbin 
Drug Company, of which he is treasurer. He 
is an able business man and a citizen of high 
standing. He is a member of Kennyetto 
Lodge, No. 599, Free and Accepted Masons, 
and of Niskayuna Tribe, Improved Order of 
Red Men. He is a member of the Methodist 
Church and a trustee, in politics a Republican. 
He married, December 11, 1884, Ida R. Tym- 
erson, born May 3, 1861, daughter of Martin 
H. and Mary (Sawyer) Tymerson, who had 
children : Frances, married George A. Brum- 
mer; Ida R., married Richard Henry Lee; 
Mary, married William J. Sheldon ; Cora, mar- 
ried Walter A. Smith ; James ; Walter, mar- 
ried Nellie Skilif; Charles, married Rose 
Brennan, and had children, Herbert, lilise, 
Ruth, and Irene. Richard H. and Ida R. T. 
Lee have two children : Martha, born January 
8, 1886, and Lessie, born December 4, 1889. 



The Murray family settled in 
MURRAY Massachusetts and Connecti- 
cut prior to the revolution. 
One branch settled at Torrington, Connecti- 
cut, and it is from this family that Daniel 
Murray, grandfather of Dr. William H. Mur- 
ray, of Albany, descends. Through the mar- 
riage of Francis M. Murray to Sarah Lock- 
wood, descent is obtained from Robert Lock- 
wood, "the emigrant," 1630, from England. 
Burke's "General Armory" gives the arms of 
Lockwood — Argent, a fesse between three 
martlets sable. Crest: On the stump of an 
oak tree erased proper a martlet, sable. 
Motto: Tutus in undus (Secure against the 
waves). 

(I) Robert Lockwood came from England 
about 1630 and settled in Watertown, Massa- 
chusetts, where six of his children were born. 
He was made a freeman, March 9, 1636. 
About 1646 he removed to Fairfield, Connec- 
ticut, where he died 1658. He was made a 
freeman of Connecticut, May 20, 1652. He 
was appointed sergeant of the train band, 
May, 1657. He died intestate, and the court 
ordered the division of his property: one- 
third to the widow, the ten children dividing 
the remainder. His widow, Susannah, mar- 
ried (second) Jeflfery Ferris, and died at 
"Grinwich," December 23, 1663. Qiildren : i. 
Jonathan, of whom further. 2. Deborah, 
born October 12, 1636. 3. Joseph, born Au- 
gust 6, 1638; "Sergeant Joseph Lockwood de- 
parted this life, April 14, 1717, aged seventy- 



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eight years, eight months and eight days." 4. 
Daniel, born IMarch 21, 1640, died 1691. 5. 
Ephraim, born December i, 1641 ; married 
Mercy Sention (St. John). 6. Gershom, born 
September 6, 1643, died March 12, 1718. 
"Lieutenant Gershom Lockwood was the prin- 
cipal carpenter and builder in the town of 
Greenwich, Connecticut, and filled many of- 
fices of trust and importance." He married 
Lady Ann Millington. (This lady's romantic 
story has often been told, together with that 
of the chest containing a half bushel of 
guineas, and fine silk dresses.) The chest is 
yet in evidence in Greenwich. 7. John. 8. 
Abigail, married John Barlow. 9. Sarah. 10. 
Mary, married Jonathan Huested. 

(H) Lieutenant Jonathan, eldest son of 
Robert and Susannah Lockwood, was born in 
Watertown, Massachusetts, September 10, 
1634, died in Greenwich, Connecticut, May 12, 
1688. He signed a paper January i, 1657, at 
"Easttowne" in the New Netherlands, prom- 
ising allegiance to the Dutch governor, "so 
long as we live in his jurisdiction." He was 
of Stamford, Connecticut, October 16, 1660, 
resided there until 1665, when he sold his 
estate there and removed to Greenwich. He 
became a freeman there in 1670, was assist- 
ant in May, 1671, and in 1672 "one of the 
twenty-seven proprietors." He became a lead- 
ing citizen, and represented the town in the 
legislature four years. He died in 1688, the 
people met in town meeting and passed reso- 
lutions deploring the loss of so good a man 
and valuable a citizen. He married Mary, 
daughter of Jeffery Ferris, his stepfather, 
by a former marriage. Mary survived him 
and married (second) Sergeant Thomas Mer- 
ritt, of Rye. Children of Lieutenant Jonathan 
Lockwood: Jonathan (2), died November 9, 
1689; Robert, died prior to January 23, 1732; 
Gershom, deputy to colonial assembly, married 
Hannah , and had nine children ; Jo- 
seph, of whom further ; Still John, an im- 
portant wealthy man ; married, and had thir- 
teen children ; Sarah, married Michael Louns- 
bery; Abigail. 

(HI) Joseph, son of Lieutenant Jonathan 
and Mary (Ferris) Lockwood, was born at 
Stamford, Connecticut, 1675, died 1759, at 
Poundridge, Westchester county. New York, 
where he removed in 1743. He married 
(first). May 19, 1698. Elizabeth Ayres, who 
died December 16, 1715. Married (second), 
August 10, 1 716. Margery Webb, born Oc- 
tober 4, 1683, died January 2, 1736, daughter 
of James and Haimah (Scofield) Webb. 
Children by fir.st wife: i. Jo.seph, of whom 
further. 2. Hannah, born March 24, 1701, 
married David Ham. 3. John, born Septem- 



ber 18, 1703, died 1776; married (first) Sa- 
rah Scofield; (second) Abigail . 4. 

Nathaniel, died young. 5. Elizabeth, married 
Job Hoyt, and had twelve children. 6. Is- 
rael, born June 14, 1710; married Susannah 
Smith. 7. Mary, married James Jump. 8. 
Reuben, born December 15, 1715, captain of 
Westchester county militia (see N. Y. Col. 
Mas. 85, for muster roll of Captain Reuben 
Lockwood's company, April 22, 1758). He 
married (first) Sarah Cramp; (second) Eliza- 
beth Stevens. Children by second wife : 9. 
Nathaniel, born May 20, 1717; married Mary 
Palchin, and had twelve children. 10. Na- 
than, born March 25, 1719. 11. Lieutenant- 
Colonel James, born July 15, 1722. From 
Colonial records, vol. 10, page 42, October 2, 
1751 : "This Assembly do appoint Major 
Lockwood to be Lieutenant-Colonel of 
the 9th Regiment of the colony." He mar- 
ried May Norton, and had eight children. 

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) and 
Elizabeth (Ayres) Lockwood, was born at 
Stamford, Connecticut, March 15, 1699, died 
at Poundridge, Westchester county. New 
York, June 15, 1757. He removed with his 
father to Poundridge in 1743. He was a 
farmer. He married Sarah, born April i, 
1706, died 1790, daughter of Joshua and Mary 
(Pickett) Hoyt. Her father was one of the 
proprietors of the Stamford patent, granted 
1685. Qiildren: i. Eliakim, died in child- 
hood. 2. Joseph, of whom further. 3. Eliza- 
beth, born March 7, 1733; married Nathaniel 
Waring. 4. Gilbert, died young. 5. Major 
Ebenezer. born March 31, 1737; justice of 
the peace under the king until the revolution ; 
major of Westchester county militia, and was 
in active service during the revolution ; the 
British burned his house, drove of¥ his slock, 
then stripped him of his home and property; 
after the war he was judge of the county 
court, frequently elected to the legislature, en- 
trusted with loaning of the state money in his 
county. He married (first), February 16, 
1761, Hannah Smithy; (second) .Sarah 

; ten children. Major Lockwood died, 

aged eighty-four years, at Poundridge, New 
York. 6. Rachel, born January 19, 1739; 
married Ebenezer Wood. 7. Mercy, married 
David Dan. 8. Hezekiah, died aged seven 
years. 9. Prudence, married Elijah \\'eecl. 

(V) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) and 
Sarah (Hoyt) Lockwood, was born at Stam- 
ford, Connecticut, June 30, 1731, died at 
Poundridge, Westchester county, New York, 
March 17, 1792. He continued on the farm 
with his father until his death, when tlie 
estate of live hundred acres was di\ided be- 
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and himself, being the only surviving sons. 
The farm is located on a beautiful ridge of 
land on which a pound being located gave it 
the name, Poundridge. (This properly is 
yet in the family name.) He was elected 
town clerk in 1760, was commissioned captain 
of a military company, September 13, 1775. 
He was at Ticonderoga in 1775 in command 
of his company. He married Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Solomon Close, of North Salem, New 
York. She survived and became the third 
wife of Captain James Richards, of New 
Canaan, Connecticut. She died December 22, 
1806. Children: Hannah, married Captain 
Philo Lewis ; Sarah, married Thaddeus Hoyt ; 
Joseph (4), married ]\Iary Drake; Solomon, 
of whom further; Prudence, married John 
Smith; Alindwell; Matilda, died young; 
Mercy, married Jonathan Waring; Matilda 
(2), married Seth Kellogg; Nancy, married 
Henry Jones. 

{\'l) Solomon, son of Joseph (3) and 
Hannah (Close) Lockwood, was born at 
Poundridge, New York, August 28, 1766, died 
March 9, 1841. He married Mary, born April 
16, 1770, died May 6, 1848, daughter of Odle 
Close, of Greenwich, Connecticut. Children : 
I. Bethia, born June 21, 1791 ; married Hon. 
Horatio Lockwood. 2. Odle, born May 4, 

1793, died August 15, 1873; married Maria 
Barnum. 3. Leander, born November 21, 

1794, died March 22, 1795. 4. Joseph, born 
September 2^, 1796, accidentally drowned in 
the Alleghany river, February 28, 1830. 5. 
Hannah, born March 9, 1798, died February 
21. 1868. 6. William, born September 14, 
1800, died November 15, 1880, at Bedford, 
New York. He married (first) Maria J., 
daughter of Rev. Daniel and Anna (Austin) 
Crocker; married (second) Jane, daughter of 
Joshua and Reuhuma Raymond ; married 
(third) Rebecca, daughter of Uriah and Sa- 
rah Raymond. Four children, two by the first 
and two by the second wife. 7. Catherine 
Mary, born October 13, 1802; married John 
L. Silliman; died April 17, 1879. 8. Sarah 
Elizabeth, born September 10, 1805, died June 
30, 1884. married Francis N. Murray (see 
Murray H). 9. Nancy, born and died No- 
vember, 1807. 10. Solomon (2), born Sep- 
tember 5, 1810. died September 22, 181 1. 

(The Murray Line). 
Daniel ^Murray was of Scotch ancestry and 
may have been a descendant of William Mur- 
ray, of Amherst, Massachusetts, who was 
born in Scotland, i6go, came to America 
in 1720, married Hannah Dickinson, descend- 
ant of Nathaniel Dickinson, who came in 
1635, one of the founders of Hadley. Massa- 



chusetts. Daniel Murray died in Connecti- 
cut, at the age of eighty years. He mar- 
ried and had a large family, including Edgar,^ 
married Lucinda Lodes, went to California 
in 1848, and was never again heard from; 
Hannah, married Samuel Whitlock, of Xor- 
walk, Connecticut, and had daughter, Sarah ; 
Francis K., see forward. 

(H) Francis N., son of Daniel Murray, 
was born in 1810, in Westport, Connecticut. 
He was educated and grew to manhood in that 
state. In 1849 '^^ caught the gold-seeker's 
fever and joined a company going to Cali- 
fornia. He left his family in Connecticut and 
traveled westward by way of the Isthmus. 
Taking ship from there he sailed for San' 
Francisco and died just before reaching that 
port. He was buried at sea and it was many 
months before his family learned his fate. 
He married Sarah Elizabeth Lockwood, born 
at Poundridge, Westchester county, New 
York, daughter of Solomon and Mary (Close) 
Lockwood (see Lockwood VI). 

(Ill) William H., son of Francis N. and 
Sarah Elizabeth (Lockwood) Murray, was 
born at Poundridge, Westechester county,. 
New York, December 2. 1845. He was five 
years of age when his father left home on his 
fatal California trip, and his early training 
and education depended upon his widowed 
mother. He was educated under a private 
tutor and at Rett's Military Academy, Stam- 
ford, Connecticut, where he was graduated in 
1863. He entered Union College the follow- 
ing autumn and, pursuing a full course, was 
graduated A.B., class of 1867. He taught 
a private school at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 
witli much success. At this time a young 
man in town was striving to secure an edu- 
cation. Dr. Murray, to help him both in his 
study and slender purse, allowed him to share 
his room and tutored him in Latin and Greek 
branches, in which he was unusually proficient 
and well qualified to teach. This young man 
was. later. Governor Hastings, of Pennsyl- 
vania. He never forgot the assistance rend- 
ered him, but always gave Mr. Murray great 
credit for his success in life. With the capital 
secured while an instructor he took a course 
at Albany Medical College, where he was 
graduated M.D., 1869. In 1870 he began 
the practice of medicine in Albany, where he 
yet continues. He is a popular and skilled 
physician and surgeon, standing high among 
his professional brethren and highly regarded 
everywhere. It was said at one time he could 
call every man in the city by name. He has 
been much in i)ublic life, and is identified 
with the leading social and fraternal organiza- 
tions. He is a member of the State and Coun- 



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ty Medical societies, and was president of the 
latter. He was an organizer of the Hos- 
pital for Incurables, and since its inception 
has been president of the board of trustees. 
His desire to be of service to his city and 
fellowmen had induced him to accept numer- 
ous public trusts. He served as supervisor of 
his ward for five years ; president of the 
board of alderman for one year; district phy- 
sician ; police surgeon : county physician ; 
coroner's physician ; penitentiary physician and 
city physician. During his incumbency of the 
ofifice, president of the board of aldermen of 
Albany, the contest occurred between Dr. 
Swinburne and Nolan over the mayoralty. 
While this contest was passing the courts, 
Dr. INIurray, by virtue of his office, was act- 
ing mayor of Albany. He is a prominent 
member of the Masonic order, holding all 
degrees of the York Rite, and is a thirty- 
second degree member of the Scottish Rite ; 
and a member of the Shrine. He has passed 
all the chairs in the Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and the 
Red Men. His clubs are the University and 
Albany. He is a Democrat and retains his ac- 
tive influential position in the party he has 
served so well. 

He married, in Schenectady, in 1868 (Rev. 
Dr. Payne, Episcopal minister, officiating), 
Martha B., daughter of James M. Bouck, and 
granddaughter of William C. Bouck, gover- 
nor of New York, elected in 1842. James M. 
Bouck was a prominent lawyer of Schenec- 
tady, New York, and postmaster of that city. 
His brother, Colonel Gabriel Bouck, served 
in the civil war in 1861-65, removed to Osh- 
kosh, Wisconsin, where he became attorney- 
general and one of the most prominent and 
wealthy men of the state ; was grand master 
of the Free and Accepted Masons, and a 
man of sterling character. James M. Bouck 
■married Charlotte Van Vorst, of Burnt Hills, 
Saratoga county, New York, sister of ex- 
Mayor Van Vorst, of Schenectady. Dr. and 
Martha B. Murray have one son, Frank N. 
born April 19, 1870, educated in the Albany 
high school, Boys' Academy and Business 
College, now (1910) private and confidential 
secretary to Vice-President Rice, of the Gen- 
■eral Electric Company, who trusts to him in 
all matters affecting private and business af- 
fairs. He married Anna Bridges, and has 
Dorothy I'ouck Murrav. 



The Lohnas family herein re- 
LOHN.AS corded descend from Adam 

Lohnas, born in Germany, 
1754, died in Valley Falls, New York, April 
14, 1839. He was a private in Captain Chris- 



topher Kilmer's company. Sixth Albany 
Regiment Militia. Colonel Stephen H. Schuy- 
ler. He married Elizabeth Boritt, born May 
22, 1 77 1, died February 15, 1858. Children: 
Jacob, of further mention ; Solomon, born 
April 8, 1806, died unmarried, March 24, 
1893; Adam (2), born May 5, 1808, died 
November 2, 1883, he was a resident of Rens- 
selaer county. New York, where he followed 
the business of packer in the powder mills, 
he married (first) a Miss Siser ; children: 
Alonzo, Sarah and Jane A.; married (second) 
Jane Whalen, born March 14, 1820, died Feb- 
ruary. 1870; children: Nancy, Mary, George, 
Isabell, Clara, Adam. 

(II) Jacob, eldest child of Adam and Eliza- 
beth (Boritt) Lohnas, was born March 8, 
1802, died August 29, 1839. He settled in the 
town of Pittstown, Rensselaer county. New 
York, where he is buried with his wife. He 
married, March 8, 1832, Charity Deyoe, born 
February 2, 18 12, daughter of Zachariah and 
Phoebe (Oakley) Deyoe (see Deyoe VII). 
Children, all born in the town of Pittstown, 
Rensselaer county. New York : Phoebe, born 
February 17, 1833, married David McWhit- 
hey, no issue ; Edwin, born December, 1834, 
married, December 15, 1882, Jane Rastel, no 
issue : Deyoe, of further mention ; Charity 
Maria, born 1839, died 1847. 

(III) Deyoe, son of Jacob and Charity 
(Deyoe) Lohnas, was born at Valley Falls, 
town of Pittstown, Rensselaer county. New 
York, December 15, 1836. He was educated 
in the public schools and at Schuylerville 
Academy. At the age of fifteen years he 
began business life in Schuylerville as a dealer 
in groceries and meats, continuing there until 
1866, when he removed to Saratoga Springs, 
engaging in the same line of trade, dealing 
extensively in grain, flour, and groceries, and 
erected, 1881, the first cold storage plant in 
the state of New York. He first introduced 
Chicago dressed beef and erected, for the 
sale of same, wholesale houses in Glens Falls, 
Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. He has 
acquired large business interests, and is one 
of the leading citizens of Saratoga Springs. 
He was formerly a director of the First 
National Bank of Saratoga, and is the pres- 
ent principal owner and president of the well- 
known Lincoln Spring Company. He is a 
Republican in politics. In 1887 he was elected 
president of the village of Saratoga Springs 
and again in 1889. He served for three 
years as a member of the village board of 
education. He is prominently identified with 
the Ma.sonic order, beinq- affiliated with 
Lodge. Council. Chapter. Commandery, and 
is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. He was 





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a member of Saratoga Club, and is a mem- 
ber of the Saratoga Business Men's Associa- 
tion. He married, October 9. i860, Hulda L. 
Farr, born July 5, 1839, at Fort Ann, New 
York, daughter of Leonard and Amanda A. 
(Nelson) Farr. Children: i. Nellie Farr, 
born August 28, 1863; married, March 9, 
1887, Adelbert C. Hayden, of Northville, 
New York ; children : Grace Lohnas Hayden, 
born August 8, 1888, and Rita Marion Hay- 
den. born February 13, 1893. ^- Harriet 
AL, born November 8, 1866; married Edward 
B. Ashton, of Argyle, Washington county, 
New York, September 9, 1897; son, Deyoe 
Lohnas Ashton. 3. Grace i\L, born July 11, 
1875. died February 19, 1883. 

(The Deyoe Line). 
Among the twelve original patentees of the 
town of New Paltz, Lllster county. New York, 
the last to cross the ocean from France was 
the Huguenot, Christian Deyoe. He was ac- 
companied by his son Pierre, the latter's wife, 
Agatha Nickol, and child, and the unmarried 
daughters. Maria, Elizabeth and Margaret, 
who later became the wives respectively of 
Abraham Hasbrouck, Simon Le Fevre and 
Abraham DuBois. The earliest records in the 
Dutch church at Kingston and the Huguenot 
church at New Paltz show different ways of 
spelling the name, Doyau, Doioie, Doyo and 
Deyoe, the latter now being the generally ac- 
cepted form. In the treaty with the Indians 
in 1677, Pierre (also a patentee) wrote the 
name "Doyo." His father. Christian, did not 
write his name but made his mark and the 
name is written "de Yoo." The Huguenots, 
of whom there were quite a number at Kings- 
ton and Hurley, were desirous of forming a 
settlement of their own where they might 
speak their own language, French, and form 
a community of their own. They finally pur- 
chased land from the Indians which included 
all the present town of Lloyd, about two- 
thirds of New Paltz, one-third of Esopus and 
one-fourth of Rosendale. In the records of 
the patentees, as the twelve signers were 
called, long preserved in an ancient trunk in 
the Huguenot Bank at New Paltz, is the copy 
of the document, signed by the Indians on 
their part, and by Louis Du Bois and his elev- 
en associates, one of whom was "Christian de 
Yoo his X mark," and his son, "Pierre Doyo." 
The bargain was approved by Governor An- 
dros, April 28, 1677. The patentees at once 
settled on their purchase at the point now 
known as New Paltz, all undoubtedly living 
on what is now Huguenot street, in that vil- 
lage. The records of the church from 1683 
to 1702 are written in I-'rench. and record 



many births, marriages and deaths of the De- 
yoes and others. The descent is through 
Pierre Deyoe, son of Christian, who died 
about ten years after the settlement at New 
Paltz and must have been a very old man. 
He made his will February i, 1686-87. There 
is a tradition that Pierre Deyoe, son of Chris- 
tian, died while on an expedition to find a 
route from New Paltz to the river, and that 
many years afterward a buckle from a truss 
he had worn was found among his bones. 
This Pierre was probably Pierre, a grandson 
of Christian and son of Pierre. 

(II) Pierre, .son of Christian Deyoe, came 
with his father to America bringing his wife, 
Agatha Nickol, and one child. He was one 
of the twelve patentees of New Paltz. He 
left four sons and two daughters. In 1675 
he was still in the Palatinate of Germany, as 
shown by his certificate of good standing, yet 
preserved in the family. "This is to cert'ify 
that Peter Doio and Agatha Nickol, both in 
honor living in Curr Pfalz, Mutterstadt, cir- 
cuit of Newstadt, have been united in mar- 
riage, the intent of such marriage having been 
announced three times from the pulpit, that 
they are members of the Reformed Church 
and as far as we know the same are well be- 
haved people. Mutterstadt. Curr Pfalz 21 
January, 1675. Jacob Amyot, Pastor." Chil- 
dren : I. Christian, of further mention. 2. 
Abraham, born at Hurley. New York, October 
16, 1676: married, 1702. Elsie Clearwater; 
he died in 1725, leaving a son Abraham, and 
daughters Marytje, and Wyntje. Abraham 
(2) was the father of Abraham Deyoe, of the 
revolutionary army. 3. Pierre, baptized at 
New Paltz, New York, 1683 ; grew to man's 
estate ; left no issue. 4. Hendricus, baptized 
at Kingston, New York, October 12, 1690; 
married, at Kingston, December 31, 1715, 
Margaret \'on Bummel, baptized at Kingston, 
1693 ; in the old graveyard at New Paltz is 
a gravestone believed to mark the burial place 
of Margaret, wife of Hendricus. Of the two 
daughters of Pierre Deyoe, Mary, the eldest, 
born 1679, married Jacob Clearwater, set- 
tled at Vontecoe, had son Abraham, baptized 
at New Paltz, 1699. Margaret, the second 
daughter, left no issue. 

(III) Christian, son of Pierre and Agatha 
(Nickol) Deyoe, was born in the Palatinate 
of Germany, 1674, and is the child alluded to 
as coming to America with his father and 
grandfather. Christian Dej'oe. He appears in 
the list of taxpayers in 1712; in the list of 
soldiers of Captain Hoffman's company, 1716, 
in the list of those who built the first stone 
church in New Paltz in 1728 ; in the list of 
slave-holders in 1755. He was a deacon of 



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the New Paltz church, 1733, and an elder in 
1765. He married, at New Paltz, 1702, 
Marytje De Graff (in French Le Conte). He 
left sons Moses and Jacobus, and daughter 
Mary. Moses married Clarris Stokhard and 
had sons Christian and Johannes. Mary mar- 
ried, 1 73 1, Jeems Ackmoidi, a Scotchman, 
and ancestor of the Auchmoody family. 

(IV) Jacobus, son of Christian and Mary- 
tje (De Graff) Deyoe, removed to Kingston, 
New York. His name does not appear upon 
the records at New Paltz, but in 1738 it is 
found in a list of foot-soldiers of Kingston. 
Afterwards he or his widow moved to Dutch- 
ess county, and in the Poughkeepsie church 
records appears the following entry : "J'^"'" 
tje Freer, widow of Jacobus De Joo, born at 
New Paltz, married April 22, 1754, to Rich- 
ard Gryn, born at Oswego." In 1724 Jacobus 
Deyoe married, at Kingston, Janitje Freer, 
both at the time residing at New Paltz. They 
had several daughters, and one son, Jacobus, 
born 1732, also a son, Peter. 

(V) Peter, son of Jacobus and Janitje 
(Freer) Deyoe, was born in 1738, baptized 
by Dominie Mancius, October 21, 1739, as 
shown by the Kingston church records, James 
Auchmoody and Greetje Deyoe being spon- 
sors. He removed to Pittstown, Rensselaer 
county. New York, where he died in 1812. 
He married, 1765, Charity Maria Cramer, 
born 1745. They were married in New York 
City, but resided the remainder of their lives 
in Pittstown. Children: Zachariah, of whom 
further; James, Peter, Jacob, John, Sarah, 
Jane, Katherine, Charity. 

(\T) Zachariah, son of Peter and Charity 
Maria (Cramer) Deyoe, was born in Dutch- 
ess county, New York, September 24, 1774, 
died 1826, and is buried with his wife at 
Schroon, New York. He married, February 
13, 1799, Phoebe Oakley. Children: Jacob, 
William O., who settled in the west; Dor- 
cas, married Ephraim Grimes ; Charity, of 
further mention ; Peter. 

(VII) Charity, daughter of Zachariah and 
Phoebe (Oakley) Deyoe, married Jacob Loh- 
nas (see Lohnas II). 



Jan Thomas \'an Witbcck, 
WIllTBICCK horn at Witbeck in Hol- 

stein (formerly a duchy of 
Denmark) was of Beverwyck in 1652. The 
name as first used was Van Witbeck (from 
W'itheck), the Van was soon dropped and 
Witbeck alone used as a surname. The name 
is written both Witbeck and Whitbeck, but 
the first of the name recorded in Albany is 
Jan Thomas Van Witbeck, who from 1652, 
when Beverwyck was laid out, to 1678, was 



the most considerable dealer in house lots in 
the village. In 1664, in company with Vol- 
kert Jan Douw, he bought the whole of Ap- 
jas or Schotack and the mainland opposite 
on the east side of the Hudson river from 
the Indians. He married Geertruy Andriese 
Dochter in New Amsterdam. Children : An- 
dries Janse, Johannes, Lucas, Hendrick, Jona- 
than, Thomas, Catharina, married Jacob San- 
derse, of Glen, and in 1696 married (second) 
Jonas Volkertse Douw. 

(II) Andries Janse Witbeck, son of Jan 
Thomas and Geertruy Andriese (Dochter) 
Van Witbeck, married Engeltje Volkertse 
Douw. Children and dates of baptism: An- 
dries, died young; Lucas, January 16, 1687; 
Jan, of further mention; Willetje, June 30, 
1689: Andries, January i, 1692; Geertruy, 
December 26, 1694; Dorothee, January I, 
1698; Jonas, November 10, 1700. 

(III) Jan, son of Andries Janse and En- 
geltje A'olkertse (Douw) Witbeck, was bap- 
tized April 24, 1687. He married (first) 
Agnietje Bronck ; (second) January 9, 1726, 
Maria Williams. Children and dates of bap- 
tism ; Andries, July 4, 1707 ; Lena, March 27, 
1709; Jan, September 27, 1713; Volkert, of 
further mention; Pieter, May 6, 1722; Ag- 
nietje, October 8, 1827. 

(IV) Volkert. son of Jan and Agnietje 
(Bronck) Witbeck, was baptized August 10, 
1718, died 1802. He was of Red Hook, New 
York. He held the commission of lieutenant 
in Captain Hoft'man's company, dated Feb- 
ruary 27, 1757, signed by Henry Livingston, 
clerk of Dutchess county. He married and 
had issue. 

(V) John, son of \'olkert Whitbeck (as the 
name was now written), was born April 13, 
1747, died at Claverack, Columbia county, 
New York, and is buried in the old Dutch 
church in that place. He married Elizabeth 
Delameter, born January 31, 1746. He is 
said to have been an officer of the revolu- 
tionary army. Children : \'olkert, born Feb- 
ruary 10, 1770; John, of further mention ; Pe- 
ter, twin of John; Jeremiah, May 26, 1776; 
Dolly, January 30, 1778 ; Harman, August 18, 
1780: Jacob, March 30. 1784. 

(\T) Major John (2), son of John (i) and 
Elizabeth (Delameter) Whitbeck, was born 
June 16, 1772, died .'\pril 15, 1859. He lived 
at Claverack, where he died and is buried. 
He learned the blacksmith's trade, which he 
followed in connection with his farming oper- 
ations. He was an officer of the war of 1812, 
ranking as major. He married Maria Decker, 
born December 30, 1772, died April 28, 1854, 
daughter of George Decker. Children : Ma- 
ria, born October 27, 1797; John, October 



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i8, 1799; Volkert, of further mention; Jacob, 
February 24, 1805; Elizabeth, July 12, 1807; 
Cornelia, twin of Elizabeth ; Jane, April 14, 
181 1 ; Dorothy Augustina, June 24, 1817; 
John Henry, April 4, 1823; Calvin Augus- 
tus, Alay 22, 1825. 

(MI) Dr. \'olkert Whitbeck, son of Major 
John (2) and Maria (Decker) Whitbeck, was 
born in Claverack, New York, January 24, 
1802, died in Hudson, New York, in 1887. 
He was educated at Hudson Academy, later in 
Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He prepared for 
the profession of medicine and was graduated 
M.D. in 1835. After practicing in Greenport 
and Rhinebeck, New York, for a short time 
he settled in Hudson, where for a period of 
half a century he was the leading physician 
and surgeon. He had an extensive practice 
in and around Hudson, being well known as 
a skillful surgeon and medical authority. He 
was a member of the State and County Med- 
ical associations, taking an active part in their 
meetings and deliberations. He was health 
official of the city, where he held high posi- 
tion. He was interested in the National 
Guard of his state and held the rank of cap- 
tain of artillery, his battery being located at 
Hudson. He served his city as alderman and 
supervisor, rendering efficient service. Polit- 
ically he was a Whig, which had been the pre- 
vious family politics. He attended the Dutch 

church. He married ("first) Sharp; 

(second) Caroline, daughter of Captain Jacob 
and Gertrude (Schermerhorn) Rockefeller. 
Jacob Rockefeller died about 1858, in the town 
of Claverack, New York. He was survived by 
four children, namely : Seth I., a resident of 
Greenport, later in New York; Caroline, 
aforementioned as wife of ^"olkert Whitbeck, 
of Hudson; Harriet, wife of Peter Best, of 
Claverack, New York ; Catherine M., of 
Claverack, New York. Gertrude was a 
daughter of Riah Schermerhorn, who with 
his father owned a flour mill located on 
the Hudson at Rhinebeck that was burned 
by the English soldiers. Riah's father 
emigrated from Holland, where Riah re- 
turned and became a man of importance. The 
family have a portrait of him in his court 
dress and letters describing balls and func- 
tions he attended at the Dutch court. He 
started on his return to America, but was 
taken sick on board and compelled to go back 
to land, where he soon died. He left a will 
leaving a considerable fortune, including 
money and valuables on his person when leav- 
ing the ship that could never be found. Chil- 
dren of Dr. Volkert and Caroline Whitbeck: 
I. Jacob R., born in Greenport (near Hud- 
son), New York; became a dry goods mer- 



chant of Hudson; was a Whig, later a Re- 
publican ; an attendant of the Dutch Reformed 
church; married Caroline GifTord, of Hud- 
son; children: i. Willis Kendall, died in 
Brooklyn, New York, where he was engaged 
in the plumbing business; ii. George, now in 
jewelry business in Brooklyn; iii. Caroline, 
unmarried. 2. Dr. Ansel McKinstry, a phy- 
sician of Brooklyn ; practiced in Hudson and 
Albany, New York, before settling in Brook- 
lyn ; resides at 515 Eastern Parkway, Brook- 
lyn ; he married Emma Ellis ; child, Ansel 
McKinstry (2), of Detroit, Michigan. 3. 
John \'olkert, born April 8, 1838, at Rhine- 
beck, died June 29, 1907, at Hud.son ; he was 
a graduate of the Albany Law School, LL.B. ; 
was justice of the peace; surrogate of Co- 
lumbia county, 1896; president of the school 
board in Pludson ; captain of Company A, 
One hundred and twenty-eighth Regiment 
New York Volunteers ; assistant quartermas- 
ter-general on staff of General N. P. Banks, 
served three years in civil war and saw much 
hard service, wounded at New Orleans and 
compelled to return home, never fully recov- 
ered ; was past master of Aquilla Lodge, No. 
700, Free and Accepted Masons ; a member 
of the Grand Army of the Republic ; he mar- 
ried Harriet Anna Ham, granddaughter of 
Rev. Herman Vedder and daughter of Colo- 
nel Henry H. Ham, who was born in Dutch- 
ess county, July 7, 1818, died at Pine Plains, 
August 5. 1895. Colonel Henry H. Ham 
married Clarissa Antoinette Esselstyn, born 
April 27, 1819, died September 9, 1872. 
Children of John \'olkert and Harriet A. 
(Ham) Whitbeck: i. Antoinette Vedder, mar- 
ried Charles Benedict ; child, Harriet A., de- 
ceased, ii. Ellogeane Ridner, married Abra- 
ham \'osburgh. iii. Henry Ham, born June 
I, 1875, resident of Hudson; iv. John Yol- 
kert (2), born June 2, 1878, a graduate of 
Albany Law School, 1900, L.L. B. ; city judge 
of Hudson, 1907; prominent in law, politics 
and fraternal orders ; married, October, 1902, 
Gertrude McEntee Hoysradt ; children : Eliz- 
abeth, and John Volkert, born March 14, 
1905. 4. Volkert, of further mention. 5. 
Sherwood, born September 5, 1843, fl'^d Oc- 
tober I, 1844. 6. Ellogeane, born November 
22, 1845. died June 27, 1887: married Joseph 
H. Ridner. 7. Charles, of further mention. 
8. Gertrude, born August 24, 1850; married 
Edgar E. Wright.- 

(VHI) Volkert (3), fourth child of Dr. 
Volkert (2) and Caroline (Rockefeller) 
Whitbeck, was born in Hudson, November 28, 
1840. He was educated in the district schools 
and Hudson Academy, April i8, 1861. he en- 
listed in Company K, Fourteenth Regiment, 



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New York Volunteers, served two years, and 
was honorably discharged with the rank of 
first sergeant. He served in the Peninsula 
campaign with the Army of the Potomac 
two years, was in the seven days' battles un- 
der General McClellan at Chancellorsville, un- 
der General Hooker at Fredericksburg, where 
he received a slight wound. He saw much 
hard service, as these battles testify. After his 
discharge from the army he returned to Hud- 
son. In 1863 he engaged in photography in 
that city, an art he still continues, having the 
leading studio in the city. He was one of the 
organizers of the Cowles Guard and captain 
for several years, and served as police com- 
missioner five years. He is one of the oldest 
members of the Masonic fraternity in Hud- 
son. He attends the Reformed church, and 
is a member of the Hudson Club. Politically 
he is a Republican. 

(Vni) Charles, son of Dr. Volkert (2) and 
Caroline (Rockefeller) Whitbeck, was born 
in Hudson, New York, April 3, 1848. He 
was educated in the public schools and at 
Bradbury School. He chose the profession 
of law, but never engaged in practice. For 
twelve years he was engaged in the insur- 
ance business in Hudson. For three years he 
conducted a retail coal yard. In 1879 he was 
elected clerk of Columbia county and served 
as such three years. In company with George 
C. Power, as the Hudson River Bridge Com- 
pany, engaged in the manufacture of iron and 
steel bridges and built up a large and pros- 
perous business, continuing five years. 
Through the failure of the Catskill railroad 
to meet a payment of one hundred and fifty 
thousand dollars, the Hudson River Bridge 
Company was forced to the wall. After ten 
years as a dealer in cotton, he organized 
the Athens Knitting Company for the manu- 
facture of knit imderwear. He was secre- 
tary, treasurer and manager of the company 
which has had a prosperous career. The com- 
pany was organized in 1897, with factory at 
Athens. Mr. Whitbeck continues (1911) in 
the same office mentioned. He is president of 
the Hudson and Catskill Ferry Company and 
secretary, treasurer, and superintendent of 
the Hudson and Athens Ferry Company. 
He is a Republican in politics, and served as 
alderman of Hudson. He is a member of the 
Dutch Reformed church, of the Masonic fra- 
ternity of Hudson, and a member and ex- 
president of the Hudson Club. He married, 
September 17, 1874, Margaret, daughter of 
George H. and Adeline (Coffin) Power. Chil- 
dren: I. Charles, born July 4, 1875, died 
July 28, 1875. 2. George Power, born 1876; 
a graduate of Hudson high school, engaged 



with his grandfather, George H. Power, and 
for three years was with him in New York 
& Hudson Steamboat Company; in 1897 he 
went with his father and is now superinten- 
dent of the Athens Knitting Company ; he 
married Mrs. Millie Harrington, daughter of 
Aaron Vanderpoel. 3. Adele, born 1879. died 
1886. 4. Dr. Sherwood Volkert. 5. Kather- 
ine Power, a graduate of Hudson high school. 

(IX) Dr. Sherwood Volkert Whitbeck, son 
of Charles and Margaret (Power) Whitbeck, 
was born in Hudson, December 26, 1879. He 
was educated in the public schools, a graduate 
of Hudson high school, 1896, graduate of Col- 
lege of Physicians and Surgeons, was two 
years at the Roosevelt Hospital, and at Sloan 
Maternity Hospital three months. In 1904 es- 
tablished in Hudson in general practice, spe- 
cializing in surgery. He served in the New 
York National Guard one year. He is a Re- 
publican in politics. He is a member of the 
Hudson board of health, surgeon of the 
City Hospital, consulting physician and sur- 
geon of New York State Training School for 
girls, a member and vestryman of the Christ 
Episcopal Church, a member of the Free and 
Accepted Masons, of the Benevolent and Pro- 
tective Order of Elks, Elks Club, the Alumni 
Association of Roosevelt and Sloan Maternity 
Hospitals of New York City, Columbia County 
Society of New York. American Medical, 
New York State, and Columbia County Med- 
ical societies. He married, .'\pril 12, 1904, 
at Hudson, Caroline, daughter of Albert 
Hoysradt. and granddaughter of Jacob War- 
ren Hoysradt. 

Jacob Warren Hoysradt, grandfather of 
Caroline (Hoysradt) Whitbeck, was born 
in Columbia county. New York, died in Hud- 
son, New York, where he resided, October, 
1890. He married Caroline Lucinda McAr- 
thur. Children : Albert, see forward. Charles, 
died in infancy. Arthur died in infancy. 
Grace, married Dr. William Stanton Gleason 
(always known as Dr. Stanton Gleason), 
graduate of New York University, medical 
department: resides at Newburg. New York; 
child, Charles B. Gleason, born June 22. 1890, 
graduate of Hotchkiss Preparatory School, 
sophomore at Yale, 1908. Jessie, married Dr. 
Theodore Von Riempst ; resides in Boston. 
Florence, married Dr. Clark E. Rossman. 
Warren Jacob, born December 7, 1878 ; grad- 
uate of Yale ; engaged in mercantile business 
in New York City ; resides in Lawrence Park, 
New York ; married Ethel Wolf, of Gettys- 
burg, Pennsylvania : children : John McAr- 
thur. born October, 1904, and Eleanor. 

Albert Hoysradt, father of Caroline (Hoys- 
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York, February, 1854, died there in Decem- 
ber, 1896. He was a graduate of Yale, re- 
ceiving therefrom the degree of Bachelor of 
Arts in 1877; he was a member of the Skull 
and Bones fraternity. He served as attor- 
ney for Hudson, in which capacity he ful- 
filled faithfully all the duties required of him, 
also served as county recorder, and was nomi- 
nated for the office of mayor, but was de- 
feated by his Democratic opponent. He was 
highly esteemed in his native town, in the 
affairs of which he took an active and lead- 
ing part. He married. July 10, 1877, at Hud- 
son, Alice, daughter of \Villiam Henry and 
Cordelia (Xewland) Gifford, and grand- 
daughter of Elihu Gifford. Children: Caro- 
line, married April 12, 1904, Dr. Sherwood 
Volkert Whitbeck (see Whitbeck). Gertrude 
McArthur. married, October 8. 1902. Judge 
John Volkert W'hitbeck. Sanford Gifford, 
born July 28, 1882 ; resides in Hudson. Mar- 
jorie, born June i, 1886, died August 7, 1902. 
Children of Dr. Sherwood \'olkert and Caro- 
line (Hoysradt) Whitbeck: Mary Gifford; 
\'olkert Sherwood, born January 30, 1910. 



(I\') Andries, son of Jan 
WHITBECK (q. v.) and Agnietje 

(Bronck) Witbeck, was 
baptized July 4. 1707, died' November 22, 
1765. The family were now settled in the 
town of Coeymans, Albany county. New 
York, where they possessed lands and were 
well-considered among the settlers. Andries 
Witbeck married, about 1738, Mayke, first- 
born of Pieter Barentse and Elizabeth (Grev- 
eraad) Coeymans. Pieter Barentse was a son 
of Barent, "the Miller," and grandson of 
Pieter Coeymans. the emigrant to Rensse- 
laerwyck in 1636 from Utrecht. Mayke Coey- 
mans was baptized October 19, 1714. Chil- 
dren: Elizabeth, born in 1739, died July 29, 
1820; married, 1757, Thomas, son of Hen- 
drick Hoogteling; Zelotte, born 1741 ; Ag- 
nietje. 1742; Peter, see forward; Charlotte, 
1746, married, 1771, David McCarty, and died 
in Coxsackie, April 22. 1828; Gerritje, mar- 
ried Daniel \'an Antwerp ; Mayke, married 

Cornelius . 

(V) Peter, son of .\ndries and Mayke 
(Coeymans) Witbeck, was born March 22, 
1744, died February 12, 1813. He married, 
October 16, 1766, Maria Van Alen. Chil- 
dren: Mayke, born March 12, 1769. died 
March 31, 1825; married, March 3, 1787, Pe- 
ter Van Bergen ; Catherina, born March 30, 
1770, married John Ten Eyck ; Elizabeth, 
born July 12, 1778, died 1779; Elizabeth, born 
November 18, 1785, married David Ver- 
planck ; Andrew, see forward. 



(\I) Andrew, son of Peter and Maria 
(Van Alen) Witbeck. was born Februarv 3, 
1790; married Charlotte Amelia Bronck. 
Children: Peter, died young; Elizabeth; 
John, see . forward ; William, David, Henry, 
\'an Alen, Maria and Peter. 

(\TH) John, son of Andrew and Charlotte 
A. (Bronck) Witbeck, (or Whitbeck) was 
born in the town of Coeymans, .-Mbany county. 
New York, about 1816, died in the town of 
New Scotland, same county, July 13, 1885. 
He was educated in the town schools, and 
grew up to the business of a farmer. He set- 
tled in New Scotland in 1847, where he pur- 
chased a farm adjacent to the village of .\ew 
Scotland. He was a thrifty farmer and a 
good man of business. He was an earnest, 
devoted Presbyterian, serving the New Scot- 
land congregation as trustee. He was a local 
leader of the Democratic party and a man of 
much influence. He was open and generous 
by nature, and had a wide acquaintance. He 
married in Coeymans a kinswoman. Maria 
Whitbeck, born 1817, died at the New Scot- 
land farm, January 11, 1899. She was an ac- 
tive, energetic woman and a devoted Presby- 
terian. Children of John and Maria (Whit- 
beck) Whitbeck: i. Catherine, died unmar- 
ried at the age of thirty-one years. 2. Gitty 
.Ann, born in 1838, died in \'oorheesville. New 
York, February 14, 1906; she married James 
H. Coughtry, born August 27. 1834, died in 
1904, son of Jacob, born February 25, 1797, 
died 1829, and Rachel (Taylor) Coughtry, 
grandson of William Coughtry, born in Scot- 
land, January, 1765, married in New Scot- 
land, great-grandson of John Coughtry, bap- 
tized August 13, 1732, emigrated to this coun- 
try from Scotland, 1774, locating in New 
Scotland. .Albany county. New York, on a 
farm, and great-great-grandson of John and 
Margaret (Skellec) Mccoughtry (as the name 
was spelled in .Scotland), natives of Tamafed, 
Scotland. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Cough- 
try : i.- John W., now a merchant and ix)st- 

master of New Scotland; married ; 

children: Florence, married Calvin J. Nichol- 
son and has Elwood, Marie and Ruth ; tiiey 
reside in Tonawanda, New York : Ednnnul C, 
clerk for his father, unmarried ; ii. William 
M.. farmer of New Scotland; married Lizzie 
Wideman and has James. Minnie, Frank and 
Harriet; iii. Harriet M., born April 2, 1862, 
married Samuel D. Raynsford. of Voorhees- 
villc. New York, and has a son Raymond, 
born October 21, 1894; iv. Robert T., mes- 
senger and agent for National Express Com- 
pany at \'oorhecsville. New York, married 
Charlotte Stevens and has Gertrude. Laura 
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New Scotland; married Ellen J. Hotaling-; 
■children : i. Sarah, deceased, married Jerry 
Mead and had Nellie and Martin M. ; ii. Car- 
rie, wife of Charles Underhill, merchant of 
Albany. 4. Andrew J., see forward. 

(Vni) Andrew J., youngest child of John 
and Maria (Whitbeck) Whitbeck, was born 
July 30, 1847, the year his parents removed 
from Coeymans to New Scotland. He was 
educated in the public schools and grew up a 
farmer. He owns and cultivates the home- 
stead acres and is a prosperous, highly re- 
garded citizen. He served the town as tax 
collector and enjoys the distinction of having 
turned over his books to the treasurer with 
every dollar collected. He is now serving his 
third term as supervisor. He is a Democrat 
in politics and attends the Presbyterian 
■church. He married, December 2, 1868, in 
New Scotland, Amelia Hotaling, born Janu- 
ary II, 1846, daughter of Garret and Sarah 
A. (Relyea) Hotaling, both life-long residents 
■of New Scotland. Child of Andrew J. and 
Amelia Whitbeck: Jay M., born 1871, edu- 
cated in the public schools, reared a farmer, 
now a hay, grain and produce dealer of New 
Scotland. He married Eretta Crouse, born 
in Guilderland, daughter of Henry P. Crouse. 
Child, Pauline, born 1896. 



The earliest record of Henrv 
WHITNEY Whitney, the American an- 
cestor of this branch of the 
Whitneys, is found October 8, 1649, when he 
was associated with two others in the pur- 
chase of land in Southold, Long Island. He 
was born in England in 1620, died in Nor- 
walk, Connecticut, 1673. He removed to Hunt- 
ington, Long Island, where he built a grist 
mill for Rev. William Leverich, about which 
there was some trouble resulting in law suits. 
He next removed to Jamaica, Long Island, 
where his name appears several times on the 
records — 1662-63-64. In 1665 he appears in 
Norwalk, Connecticut, where he built a 
"Grounde Corn Mill" at the mouth of "Nor- 
wake River by the falls." His last appear- 
ance on the records is October 11, 1669, in 
"A true and perfect list of all the freemen 
appertaining unto the plantation of Norwake." 
His will was dated June 5, 1672. An inven- 
tory was sworn to November 8, 1673. He 
was twice married, but nothing is known of 
his wives further than that his second wife 
was a Widow Ketcham. 

(II) John, son of Henry Whitney, "the 
founder," ("the only child mentioned in his 
father's will) was most likely born before his 
father went to Southold, Long Island, as he 
was of legal age prior to January 20, 1665-66. 



He settled with his father in Norwalk, fol- 
lowed the business of miller and millwright, 
succeeded him in the possession of the mill 
and homestead, later building a fulling mill 
at Norwalk, and seems to have been a busy, 
prosperous man. He married, March 17, 
1674-75, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard 
Smith. Children: i. John, born at Norwalk, 
Connecticut, March 12, 1676-77; married, 
March 4, 1709-10, Elizabeth Finch; he was 
a miller. 2. Joseph, of whom further. 3. 
Henry, born February 21, 1680; a weaver; 
he married, June 14, 1710, Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of "the late lieutenant John" and Mary 
(Benedict) Olmstead. 4. Elizabeth, born 
about 1684: married Joseph Keeler, son of 
Samuel and Sarah (St. John) Keeler. 5. 
Richard, born April 18, 1687 ; a millwright ; 
married, April 7, 1709, Hannah, daughter of 
John and Elizabeth (Beers) Darling, of Fair- 
field, Connecticut. 6. Samuel, born 1688; 
removed to Stratford ; married, January 18, 
1721, Anne Laboree. 7. Anne, born 1691 ; 
married, October 13, 1709, Matthew St. John, 
one of the original settlers of Ridgefield, Con- 
necticut. 8. Eleanor, born January 27, 1693; 
married, June 13, 1717, Jonathan Fairchild, 
a fuller and cloth dresser of Norwalk. 9. 
Nathan, settled, at Ridgefield after his mar- 
riage, about 1715, to Sarah . 10. Sa- 
rah, married, June 13, 1717, Samuel Smith, 
a farmer. 11. Josiah, married, October 30, 
1729, Eunice Hanford. 

(Ill) Joseph second son of John and Eliza- 
beth (Smith) Whitney, was born in. Norwalk, 
Connecticut, March i, 1678, died 1741. After 
the death of his elder brother John, he came 
into possession of the grist mill by deed from 
his father, stipulating to pay all his debts 
and give him one-half the tolls which the 
mill should earn during his father's lifetime. 
He was a very eccentric man about whom 
many anecdotes are told. He married, in Nor- 
walk, July 6, 1704, Hannah, daughter of Ze- 
rubbabel Hoyt, of Norwalk. She was a mem- 
ber of the First Congregational Church in 
Norwalk in 1725. Children: i. Hezekiah, 
born April 10, 1705 ; married, January 3, 1732 
Margaret Harris. 2. Hannah, born Novem- 
ber 5, 1707; married (first) Daniel Keeler, a 
farmer of Norwalk; married (second) Sam- 
uel Betts, of Wilton. 3. Joseph, born Decem- 
ber 6, 1710: married Mary Coit. 4. Thank- 
ful, born March, 1713; married Ebenezer 
Benedict ; settled at New Canaan, Connecti- 
cut. 5. Elizabeth, born 1717; married (first) 
June 26, 1735, Miles Riggs, of Stamford, 
Connecticut; married (second) David Rock- 
well, a great-grandson of John Rockwell, an 
early settler of Stamford in 1641 ; married 



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(third) 1791, being then about seventy years 
of age, Agur Fairchild, who was six years 
her senior; he died in 1797, after which she 
lived in Ridgebnry until she was ninety-four 
years old. then went to live with her son, 
Miles Riggs, at Newfield, Connecticut, where 
she died in August, 1815, aged ninety-eight 
years. Miles Riggs, her son, was a soldier of 
the revolution, and tradition says that on one 
of his visits home from the army he found 
two of his three children dead and his wife 
very ill. 6. David, of whom further. 7. 
Abraham, born February 23, 1723; married, 
December 23, 1750, Anne Plumb. 

(IV) David, son of Joseph and Hannah 
(Hoyt) Whitney, was born at Norwalk, Con- 
necticut, May II, 1721. 

He was an ardent patriot, and rendered good 
service during the revolution. "For many 
years he owned and commanded a sloop which 
was used by the Government in carrying de- 
spatches and supplies sometimes under the 
very guns of the enemy." "When Norwalk 
was burned in 1779 he ran out of the harbor 
with his sloop loaded with the families and 
goods of his neighbors, escaping from the 
British and safely reaching Stamford." He 
conducted a grist mill in Norwalk in which 
his son Ebenezer succeeded him. He married. 
May II, 1741, Elizabeth, born at Norwalk, 
June 6, 1718, daughter of Ebenezer and Eliza- 
beth Hyatt. She died October 28, 1798, aged 
"80 years, 4 months and 22 days." He died 
at Silver Mine in New Canaan, Connecticut, 
April 16, 1816. Children: i. Ebenezer, of 
whom further. 2. Timothy, born July, 1744; 
a cooper, served in the revolution ; married, 
February 25, 1770, Anna Wood, born No- 
vember 3. 1742, daughter of Alexis Wood, 
of Norwalk. 3. Betsey, born April 5, 1746; 
married, about 1767, James Jerrit. 4. David 
(2), born February 17, 1748, died March 30, 
1748. 5. Anna, born February 14, 1749, died 
September 16, 1754. 6. Esther, born Febru- 
ary 3- 1751 ; married. October 27, 1773, Phi- 
neas St. John, son of Nathan and Lois (St. 
John) St. John; they settled in Wilton, Con- 
necticut, and later in Walton, New York, 
where they died ; Phineas was a soldier of 
the revolution. 7. Abigail, born April 3, 1754, 
married, July 6, 1775, John Reed, a soldier 
of the revolution. 8. Anna, born April 10, 
1756. married Samuel Seymour; they settled 
at Walton, Delaware county. New York, 
where they died. 9. Deborah, born July 20, 
1758; married, September 26, 1781, Isaac 
Keeler. 10. David Hyatt, born August 25, 
1761 ; cooper, miller, millwright, farmer, and 
soldier of the revolution ; he married. May 
12, 1796, Nancy Raymond, who survived him, 



dying at the home of lier son in Taylor, 
Cortland county. New York. 

(V) Ebenezer, eldest son of David and 
Elizabeth (Hyatt) Whitney, was born in Nor- 
walk, Connecticut, August 8, 1742. After fol- 
lowing the sea for forty-five years he moved 
to Silver Mine, in New Canaan, Connecticut, 
where he bought and managed a grist mill. 
He was a master mariner (or captain) but 
seems to have been equally proficient in the 
time-honored family business of milling. He 
died in Silver Mine, April 3, 1808, and is 
buried in the cemetery there. He married, 
December 19, 1771, in Norwalk, Ruth, born 
November 15, 1756, daughter of Simeon Ray- 
mond. Tradition says he was a paymaster 
in the revolutionary army and that it was he 
and not his father who took the sloop load of 
women and furniture out of Norwalk harbor 
in 1779. Children: i. Betsey, born Febru- 
ary I, 1773; married (first) January 31, 1793, 
Richard Sherman, of Albany, New York, a 
sailor who was lost at sea; married (second) 
January 5. 1812. Deodate Gaylord, a soldier 
and a pensioner of the revolution ; she died 
October 16, 1846. 2. Asa, born and died in 
1774. 3. Abby, born June 8, 1775 ; married, 
July 19, 1796, Henry Fitch ; she lived to be 
eighty-three years of age; he to the age of 
"95 years, 9 months. 12 days." 4. Asa, of 
whom further. 5. Lucretia, born J.uly 19, 
1778, drowned in a well. May 22, 1781. 6. 
Clarissa, born February 21, 1780, died in 
Dunsville, Ingham county, Michigan, in her 
ninetieth year; she married (first) Lockwood 
Hoyt; (second) Lewis Blackman ; (third) Ja- 
cob Wright. 7. Aaron Wilkes, born October 
17, 1781; settled at Wilton, Connecticut, 
where he was ordained a minister of the Bap- 
tist church ; he married, July 5, 1804, Sarah 
Bennett. 8. Eben, born November 19, 1783 ; 
was bound to his brother Asa, May 15, 1798, 
to learn his trade of silversmith and watch- 
maker: he was in business many years in 
New York City ; his tombstone records that 
"The law of truth was in his mouth and in- 
iquity was not found in his lips. He walked 
with me in peace and equity and did turn 
many away from iniquity"; he married (first) 
Esther Patterson, born at Red Bank, New 
Jersey; married (second) Emeline Hoyt. of 
Stamford. Connecticut: married (third) Eliz- 
abeth Raymond, of Norwalk. 9. Lucretia, 
born June 2y, 1786; married Daniel Fitch. 
10. Roxana, born October 26. 1789; married. 
March 19, 1815, James Taylor. 11. Maud, 
born in Troy, New York, June 27, 1792 ; re- 
moved to Norwalk, Connecticut ; married. Jan- 
uary 21. 1816. Benjamin Weeks, a soldier of 
the war of 1812; they settled in Henrietta, 



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Monroe county, New York, then in Webster, 
same county, where he served the Baptist 
church as deacon for thirty years ; Maud lived 
in Webster until 1874, the last survivor of 
the thirteen children of her parents. 12. 
George Washington, born July 26, 1794; set- 
tled in East \'enice, New York, a farmer; 
married, April 4, 1816, Matilda Olmstead ; he 
died December 18, 1861 ; she was living in 
August, 1874. 13. Hannah Hoyt. born Feb- 
ruary 4, 1796, married, September 23, 1817, 
Miles Root, of New Canaan. 

(VI) Asa, son of Ebenezer and Ruth 
(Raymond) Whitney, was born in Norwalk, 
Connecticut, August 17, 1776, died in New 
York City, December 8, 1812. He learned the 
trade of silversmith and watchmaker; set- 
tled in New York City where the directory 
names him at dififerent business locations from 
1798 to 181 1 and with home at 123 Cherry 
street, where he died. He and his wife are 
buried in the "Cemetery of the Brick Meet- 
ing-house" on Christie street. He married, 
in Norwalk, October 7, 1797, Catherine Leg- 
gett, born June 26, 1778, died December 31, 
1813 or 1814. Children, all born in Norwalk: 
I. Edwin, died in infancy. 2. William Reed, 
born October 5, 1799; a jeweller of New 
York City; died December 16, 1824; his place 
of business was on Wall street near Broad- 
way. 3. Catherine, died in childhood. 4. 
Edwin Leggett, born July 15, 1803; a mer- 
chant of New York City and Philadelphia ; 
married, February 22, 1825, Joanna Eliza 
Bicknell, born in Portsmouth, England, Octo- 
ber 20, 1809. 5. Henry, died in infancy. 6. 
Thomas Richard, born April 30, 1807 ; author 
and engraver ; he was a senator of New York 
in 1854-55 from the fourth district, represen- 
tative in the thirty-fourth congress from the 
fifth New York congressional district, 1855- 
57; he was at one time editor of The Repub- 
lican and The Sunday Times; published 1845 
an historical poem "The Ambuscade" ; was 
also the author of the "American Policy" ; he 
died in New York City, April 12, 1858, and 
is buried in Greenwood; he married (first) 
October 7, 1827, Elizabeth Comstock, born 
November 6. 1808; he married (second) Sa- 
rah Ann Heustis, born at Westchester, New 
York, May 8, 1810. 7. Simeon Raymond, 
died in infancy. 8. Asa Harvey, of whom 
further. 

(VH) Asa Harvey, youngest son of .Asa 
and Catherine (Leggett) Whitney, was born 
at Norwalk, Connecticut, February 25, 1811, 
died May i, 1846. He engaged in the lum- 
ber business in northern New York, where 
he also owned a farm. He was a successful 
and capable business man, but at an early age 



contracted consumption which carried him 
away while still a young man. He married, 
September, 1836, Almira Matilda Wait, born 
February 8, 1815, died February 7, 1897. 
Children: i. Josephine, born April 18, 1838; 
married, March 17, 1858, George R. Phelps. 
2. Isabelle Alsina. born January i, 1840. 3. 
Sarah Emily, born August 13, 1842; married 
William Rufus Washburn ; child, Charles. 4. 
Warren Edwin, of whom further. 

(VHI) Warren Edwin, only son of Asa 
Harvey and Almira Matilda (Wait) Whitney, 
was born in Hadley, Saratoga county. New 
York, December 24, 1844. He was educated 
in the public school, and for a few years 
engaged in farming. He later began work 
in the glove factory of William Case, fol- 
lowing with six years in the employment of 
Uriah Case. January i, 1871, he began 
glove manufacturing at 14 School street, 
Gloversville, where he remained two years, 
when he removed to Prospect street. He pur- 
chased a property on the Height on which he 
erected a home with factory on the same 
plot of ground. This has now developed and 
become one of the leading residential streets. 
His business is a large and prosperous one, 
his special line of manufacture being fine 
goods for men's and women's wear. Mr. 
Whitney has been a director of the City Na- 
tional Bank since its organization and vice- 
president since 1891. Since 1903 he has been 
treasurer of the Prospect Hill Cemetery As- 
sociation. He has now been in active busi- 
ness life for forty years and is gradually 
withdrawing wherever possible from outside 
affairs. Since 1901 he has been a member of 
the school board, and since 1898 president 
of the Nathan Littauer Hospital board, hav- 
ing been a director since its organization. He 
was chairman of the building committee that 
had in charge the erection of the new Con- 
gregational church in 1894; he is now an 
active member and trustee. Politically he is 
a third party Prohibitionist and supports his 
convictions with all his energy. He married, 
October 31, 1867, Anna Sarah Robertson, 
born February 25, 1843. daughter of Robert 
Robertson, granddaughter of Duncan Rob- 
ertson, and great-granddaughter of Robert 
and Jane (McMartin) Robertson, of Scotch 
ancestry. Duncan Robertson married Tirzah 
Woodruff. Their son Robert (2) married 
Angelina Brownell ; children : Mary, Jane, 
Duncan, Anna, Sarah and Frances. Children 
of Warren Edwin and Anna Sarah Whitney: 
I. Marion R., born September 26, 1869. 2. 
Florence Anna, born June 26, 1876; married, 
October 20, 1903, Charles J. Fox; born Octo- 
ber 20, 1873; children: i. Charles Warren, 




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born July 24, 1904 ; ii. Marion Gertrude, Oc- 
tober I, 1906: iii. and iv. Donald Whitney and 
Dorothy, twins. March 7, 1909. 3. Walter 
Duncan, born January 25, 1878. 4. Jane Bell, 
born February 9, 1883. 



This name is of Saxon ori- 

CHAPMAN gin and one of the numerous 
class derived from an occu- 
pation, business or trade. The Saxon word 
Chapman means a chapman, marketman, mer- 
chant. The surname Chapman occurs among 
the earliest of English surnames, and the fam- 
ily in many of its branches was somewhat 
distinguished at an early period. The name 
occurs in several of the early settlements of 
New England, also in Maryland and Virginia. 
Fifteen of the name settled in these colonies 
at a date from about 1635 to 1645. Hence 
the diilficulty genealogists experience with the 
name, as they now number many thousands 
from one ancestor, Robert, of Saybrook, Con- 
necticut. 

(I) Edward Chapman came to Windsor, 
Connecticut, it is supposed in 1660. Accord- 
ing to the town records he married Elizabeth 
Fox in England. He died of wounds received 
in fighting the Indians, December 19, 1675. 
He resided in that part of Windsor called 
Simsbury. His widow married Samuel Cross, 
July 12, 1677. His children w^ere : Henry, 
Mary, Mary (2), Elizabeth. Simon (see for- 
ward), Hanna, Margaret and Sara. 

(H) Simon, son of Edward and Elizabeth 
(Fox) Chapman, was born April 30. 1669. 
His wife's name is unknown, but the marriage 
was performed in 1692-93. They were the 
parents of Samuel and Simon, the only two 
children of record. 

(HI) Captain Samuel, son of Simon Chap- 
man, was born JNIarch 2, 1696. He removed 
to Tolland, Connecticut, where he was admit- 
ted an inhabitant in 1726. In 1736 he was 
captain of the train band. He was killed in 
the French and Indian war while in his coun- 
try's service. His marriage to Hannah 
Strong, August 8, 171 7, is recorded in the 
Windsor records. Their children were: Eli- 
jah, see forward; Samuel, Ruth, Simon and 
Margaret. 

(IV) Deacon Elijah, eldest child of Cap- 
tain Samuel and Hannah (Strong) Chapman, 

was born in Windsor, Connecticut. , 

and died February 22, 1812. He moved to 
Tolland, wdiere he was a deacon in the church. 
He represented the town in the legislature of 
1765-76-81-82. He married Ruth Steele, who 
died February 17, 1808. She bore him twelve 
children: loanna, married Joshua Griggs; 
Reuben; Sarah; Elijah; Ashbel (see for- 



ward); Sarah; Ruth, married John Palmer; 
Esther, married Ammi Paulk ; Roxanna, mar- 
ried Jabez West ; Aaron ; Dorcas, married 
\ine Robinson; Daniel. Samuel, brother of 
Elijah Chapman, commanded a company in 
the French war, and was also an officer in the 
revolutionary war. He represented Tolland 
in the legislature, 1755-90. with the excep- 
tion of three vears wdien absent in the armv. 

(V) Ashbel, fifth child of Deacon Elijah 
and Ruth (Steele) Chapman, was born in 
Tolland, Connecticut, June 28, 1755. died Oc- 
tober 26, 1822. He represented Tolland in 
the legislature, in 1 808- 1 1 -12-26. He mar- 
ried November 17, 1789, Lydia Lord. Chil- 
dren: Ashbel, born 1790: Carlos, 1792; Caro- 
line, 1793; Lydia, 1795; Mary B., 1796; John 
Buckley (see forward) ; Lucv, i8oi, 

(VI) John Buckley, sixth' child of Ashbel 
and Lydia (Lord) Cha])man, was born at 
Windsor Locks, Connecticut, May 12, 1799. 
He was a lumber dealer. He was at sea with 
a cargo of lumber when he was taken with 
yellow fever and died near the Cuban coast. 
He married (first) Lydia Holkins; children: 
Albert, Frederick Augustus (see forward) ; 
John E., Louise, Harvey. He married (sec- 
ond) Lydia D wight ; no issue. He married 
(third) Lydia Lord, no issue. 

(VII) Frederick Augustus, eldest child of 
John Buckley and Lydia (Holkins) Chapman, 
was born May 25, 1832. died July 19, 1889. 
He began his business life as a clerk in the 
Albany, New York, stores. He then went to 
Chicago, where he engaged in a wholesale 
hardware business, the firm being Loomis, 
Abbott & Chapman. He sold his interest in 
that firm and engaged in the wdiolesale bag 
business with his brother in Chicago, and died 
while on a business trip to Minneapolis. His 
remains were brought to Lansingburg, where 
he is buried, in Oakwood cemetery. He was 
a member of Trinity Episcopal church in Chi- 
cago. He married, in 1855, in Lansingburg, 
New York, Sarah Louise, born 1833, o"'y 
child of Gilbert Eddy Vandercook (see \'an- 
dercook R'), Children: i. Hattie, born in 
Lansingburg, July 25, 1858; married Abra- 
ham Reamer, born August 12, 1855, a coffee 
importer of New York City; children: i. 
Fred Chapman, born September 14, 1883, died 
August I, 1884; ii. Dexter Wright, born Sep- 
tember 14, 1885; iii. Louise, born July 11, 
1887, died January 25, 1907; iv. T. Murray, 
born November 25, 1890. 2. Kathleen, born 
January 31, 1870, at Lansingburg. died at age 
of nineteen. Mrs. Chapman survives her hus- 
band, and lives in Lansingburg. New York, 
She was educated at Lansingburg Academy 
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(The Vandercook Line). 

(I) Michael Vandercook, founder of the 
town of Cooksborough, New York, was of 
Holland descent, born in the province which 
today is the state of New Jersey, November 
lo, 171 5. He came with his family to New 
York state and patented land, settling on what 
is known as "Cooks Patent," in May, 1762. 
Here he founded the town of Cooksborough 
(now Cooksburg), and died in 1786. His 
name on the tombstone in the Cooksborough 
cemetery is "d Cook." He married Cornelia 
Van Ness in 1742. She was born in 1721, and 
a direct descendant of the famous Anneke 
Jans. Children: Michael (2); Simon (see 
forward); Henry, born 1751 ; Hester, 1752; 
Cornelius, 1754; Isaac; Cornelia; Sarah. 

(H) Simon, eldest child of Michael and 
Cornelia (Van Ness) Vandercook, was born 
in New Jersey, August 17, 1749, and died in 
Cooksburg, Albany county, New York, No- 
vember 28, 1829. He was a soldier in the 
revolutionary war, holding the rank of ensign 
in Captain Henry Van Der HofT's company, 
Albany county (New York) militia. Colonel 
Peter Yates. A Michael Vandercook was a 
private in the same regiment, but it is hardly 
likely that it was his father, as he was sixty- 
one years of age in 1776. Simon Vander- 
cook married Levina \'an Der Hoff, born 
May 5, 1754. Children: Michael S., see for- 
ward ; Hetty, Peter, Henry, Simon, Gilbert, 
John, Cornelia, and Sarah. 

(HI) Major Michael Simon, eldest son of 
Simon and Levina (Van Der Hoff) Vander- 
cook, was born in Pittstown, New York, April 
5, 1774, and died there February 17, 1852. He 
was a soldier in the war of 1812, attaining the 
rank of major, commanding New York state 
troops. He was a general man of business 
and of high standing in the community. He 
was three times married. His first wife, whom 
he married August 27, 1792, was Mehitable 
Haskins. She died June 19, 1806. He mar- 
ried (.second) December 14, 1806, Sally Eddy, 
born January 30, 1789, died April 4, 1823, a 
daughter of Major-General Gilbert Eddy. He 
married (third) September 25, 1825, Mrs. 
Betsev Roberts Pickett, born September 4. 
1784. died October 28, 1865. Children of 
Major Michael S. Vandercook, by first wife, 
Mehitable Haskins: i. Simon, born January 
ID, 1794, died October 20, 1794. 2. Michael 
M., born March 2, 1795, died August 24, 1873. 
3. Polly, born April 10, 1799. 4. Sally, born 
July 24, 1803. By second wife, Sally Eddy: 
5. Gilbert Eddy, see forward. 6. Simon 
Henry, born June 24, 1812, died September 
25, 1884. 7. Russell A., born August 25, 1814, 
died August 24, 1839. 8. Tisdale Eddy, born 



June II, 1818, died November 15, 1869. 9. 
Charles Raney, bom I\Liy 20, 1819. 10. Pru- 
dence, born April 20, 1821. By third wife, 
Mrs. Betsey Roberts Pickett: 11. Roberts, 
born September 3, 1826, died in San Fran- 
cisco, California, March 29, 1871 ; he was a 
California pioneer of 1849; member of the 
California Pioneer Society, Sons of Revolu- 
tion, and became a man of prominence on the 
Pacific coast. 12. Frederick Augustus, born 
September 28, 1829, died May 29, 187 1, in San 
Francisco, California; he was a banker of that 
city. 

(IV) Gilbert Eddy, son of Major :\Iichael 
Simon and his wife Sally (Eddy) Vandercook, 
was born in Pittstown, New York, July 25, 
1808, died in Lansingburg, Rensselaer county. 
New York. June 13, 1886. He was educated 
at Pittstown. He was a man of good business 
ability, and operated along various lines. He 
conducted the United States Hotel at Sara- 
toga Springs for some time, and owned and 
operated a farm in Brunswick, called "Hill- 
crest." He built a house in Lansingburg, 
where he died. He was an attendant of the 
Episcopal Church. He married, January 31, 
1833, Sarah Fox, born November 13, 1813. 
Their only child, Sarah Louise, married 
Frederick Augustus Chapman (see Chap- 
man). 



The Miller family has for many 
MILLER years been established in Mont- 
gomery county, New York. The 
founder, Conrad Miller, was probably an emi- 
grant from Germany. He had nine children, 
Peter, Conrad, Daniel, Henry, John, George, 
Christiana, Mary and Nancy. 

(II) John, son of Conrad Miller, married 
Margaret Garlock and had children : Henry, 
Adam, Conrad, John, Jacob, Peter I., Eliza- 
beth. 

(III) Peter I., son of John and Margaret 
(Garlock) Miller, born in the town of Minden, 
Montgomery county, New York, May 5, 1789, 
died October 12, 1841. He was educated in 
the district schools. He was a tavern keeper 
at Mohawk, New York, for several years, after 
which he turned his attention to farming, fol- 
lowing that occupation for (he remainder of 
his active life. He was a Whig in politics. 
He married Christina Devendorf, born No- 
vember 27, 1798, died in Minden, January 28, 
1867, daughter of Solomon and Christina De- 
vendorf, granddaughter of Jacob Devendorf, 
one of the original patentees of the town of 
Minden. The Devendorf s came from Swit- 
zerland prior to the revolution, and one of 
the name served under General Herkimer and 
was killed at the battle of Oriskany in 1777. 



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1557 



Children of Peter L and Christina Miller: 
Chauncy, married Barbara Stauring; Harvey, 
married Margaret Staiirins:; Mary, married 
Charles J. Devendorf; Martha, twin of Mary, 
married Stephen Z. Walrath ; Jerome, married 
( first j, Louisa Wah-ath, (second), Martha 
Davy; Peter, of whom further. 

(I\') Peter, son of Peter L and Christina 
(Devendorf) Miller, was born in the town of 
Minden, March 17, 1839. He was educated 
in the district schools and at Fort Plain In- 
stitute. For several years he engaged in farm- 
ing in Minden, then spent two years in Can- 
ada in the produce business. On his return 
from Canada he disposed of his interest in 
Minden, and settled in Lockport, New York, 
where he engaged in the wholesale grocery 
business, under the firm name of Miller & 
Smith. He continued in active business life 
until about igoo when he retired from active 
business ; since which time he has spent the 
greater portion of his time in his native town, 
and now resides at the village of Fort Plain, 
New York. He has had a successful business 
career and has been the architect of his own 
fortune. He is well known in the community 
as a man of high character and generous im- 
pulses. He is a Republican in politics and 
served while living in the town of Minden as 
school trustee. In rehgion he is a Universal- 
ist. He married, December 30, 1868, Kather- 
ine, born July 29, 1841, daughter of John I. 
and Eliza (Sanders) Zoller, granddaughter of 
Jacob I. Zoller, who was a son of Jacob Zol- 
ler, one of the four brothers, Jacob, Henry, 
Casper and Andrew, who came into the Mo- 
hawk Valley from their native land, Switzer- 
land, during the revolutionary war, settling 
at Fort Willett, in Dutchtown, Montgomery 
county. Jacob and Andrew Zoller served in 
the battle of Oriskany, where Andrew was 
taken prisoner and Jacob was .shot through 
the shoulder and also taken prisoner. An- 
drew returned but Jacob was never after heard 
from. Jacob I. Zoller was born in Minden, 
where he died June 18, 1863, aged eighty-six 
years. He served in the war of 181 2, and 
was stationed at Sacketts Harbor. He mar- 
ried Katherine, daughter of John Christian and 
Elizabeth Ehle. She was born August 30, 
1782, died October 29, 1868. Their children 
are: John I., of whom further; Mary, born 
May 9, 1807, married Henry I. Crouse; James 
born -April 20, 1809, removed to northern New 
York and settled near Ogdensburg; Jacob, 
born July 29, 181 1, died at the age of seven- 
teen years; Josiah, born September 27, 1813, 
built the Zoller House at Fort Plain of which 
he was proprietor for many years; Henry 
Chauncy, born December 18, 181 5, removed 



to Columbia, Herkimer county, where he still 
resides (1910) ; Abraham, born May 16, 1818, 
died September 27, 1854, at Racine, Wiscon- 
sin ; Katherine, born October 25, 1821, mar- 
ried John C. \'an Camp, and removed to Ot- 
ranto, Iowa; Elizabeth, born August 16. 1825, 
is living at Otranto Station, Iowa, unmarried. 
John I. Zoller, eldest child of Jacob I. Zoller, 
was born in Minden, March 9, 1805, died No- 
vember 15, 1 891. He was for many years 
engaged in mercantile business. In 1843 he 
was a member of the New Y'ork legislature. 
He married Eliza Sanders. Children: i. 
Katherine Elizabeth, died young. 2. Jacob, 
born April 15, 1833, died January 27, 1907; 
he was engaged in the wholesale grocery and 
provision business in Little Falls, New York; 
married Mary Jane Dygert. 3. Abram P., 
born July 28, 1835, died April 8, 1908; mar- 
ried Rachel Newkirk ; no issue ; he was a resi- 
dent of Fort Plain. 4. Martha, born May 4,. 
1837; married Robert Smith, of Hallsville; 
three children living: Fred J., Robert Z. and 
Claude A. 5. Mary, born May 26, 1839, de- 
ceased. 6. Katherine, married Peter Miller. 
7. Elizabeth, died aged thirteen years. 8. 
Charles, married lanthe Klock, and died on 
the homestead farm, October 3, 1902, aged 
fifty-five years. Peter and Katherine Miller 
have no children. 



If, as is believed, this name was 
MILLER originally Muller, the family in 

Slingerlands can claim descent 
from Cornells Stephense Muller, of Green- 
bush, Rensselaer county, New York, 1663 ; 
also a land owner in Albany, devising same 
to sons Jacob and John. 

(I) Russell Miller died in Westerlo, -Mbany 
county. New York, in 1829, in middle life. He 
was a farmer and land owner and died on 
his own farm. He was a member of the 
Christian church, and an active worker lor 
good. He married Nancy Conger, who died 
April I. 1868, aged seventy-two years, twelve 
days. The Congers are an old Albany county 
family. Children: i. David, born in Berne, 
died February 2-j, 1866, aged forty-nine years; 
a farmer of that town ; he married Catlierine 
daughter of Duncan Fisher ; children : i. Rus- 
sell, deceased ; ii. Caroline, deceased, married 
Walter Clapper, who died in the west. 2. 
Margaret, died at the age of seventy years; 
married Ambrose Lamb, a farmer of Wester- 
lo ; no issue. 3. Eli, died aged forty-seven 
years ; a farmer of Westerlo, later of the town 
of Coeymans, Albany county ; married Hannah 
Nodine, who died leaving two sons, James 
and Jarvis, who are married, and have families 
at Indian Fields, New York. 4. James, see 



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forward. 5. Emnieline, born in W'esterlo, 
New York, 1824 died January 28, 1906; mar- 
ried George Lawson, who died in Berne. 

(H) James, son of Russell and Nancy 
(Conger) Miller, was born in Westerlo, Al- 
bany county, New York, July 14, 1822, died 
in New Scotland, April 4, 1904. He located 
in the village of Reedville, town of Berne, 
where he was a merchant for twenty years. 
He was a farmer of New Scotland for thirty 
years, owning one hundred and thirty acres 
now a part of his son's estate. He was a 
man of substance and influence. He was ac- 
tive in the Democratic party, and while in 
Reedville was postmaster for several years 
under Buchanan and Lincoln. He married, 
in Westerlo, July 4, 1842, Julia A. Adriance, 
born in that town, September 4, 1825, died in 
New Scotland, September 5, 1901. She was 
possessed of the womanly virtues of gentle- 
ness, patience and piety, coupled with great 
courage, strength and endurance. She was 
her husband's trusted partner and associate, 
and contributed a full share to his success in 
life. She was a daughter of Albert and Cath- 
erine (Snyder) Adriance, who both lie in the 
Snyder burying ground in Westerlo. They 
were members of the Christian church. Their 
children were: i. Eliza M., born March 29, 
1823; now a resident of Westerlo, aged eigh- 
ty-seven years, widow of Nelson Appleby; 
■children: Julia and Abraham. 2. Julia A., 
married James Miller. 3. Henry D., born 
January 4, 1828, now a resident of Westerlo, 
aged eighty-two years; married Katherine 
Betchem, born in Albany, February 22, 1848, 
and has three living children : William H., Al- 
bert G. and Charles M. 4. Caroline, October 
8, 1830; unmarried. 5. George A.. March 
27, 1833, died July 28, 1906; married Lucy 
Smith, deceased ; children : Annie and Emma, 
married ; deceased after marriage. Children 
of James and Julia A. (Adriance) Miller: i. 
Charles, see forward. 2. Mariette, born May 
15, 1846; married John J. Mahar, a farmer 
of the town of Bethlehem ; child, James H., 
born May 29, 1868; married Nettie Bennett, 
and has a son James B., born December 26, 
1909. 

(HI) Charles, son of James and Julia A. 
(Adriance) Miller, was born in Westerlo, Al- 
bany county. New York, at the Miller home- 
stead, July 12, 1844. His early years were 
spent in Berne, and in the store of his father 
at Reedville. He bought land in Berne, which 
lie sdld and removed to a farm he purchased 
in New Scotland on Norman's Kill in 1876. 
Here he remained two years, then purcha.sed 
his present estate of one hundred and ninety- 
six acres consisting of two farms with all 



improvements on both. This was the "old 
Taylor farm," and was partly owned by his 
father, who died at this place. Mr. Miller 
is a modern farmer and everything about his 
home and farm bespeaks progress and pros- 
perity. He stands high in his community and 
highest where best known. He is a member 
of the Presbyterian church, and a Democrat in 
politics. He married, January 3, 1876, Edith 
J., born in the town of Guilderland, May 27, 
1855, daughter of John and Edith (Jacobson) 
Oliver, and granddaughter of Evert and Mary 
A. (Albright) Oliver. John Oliver was born 
in Bethlehem, New York, January 12, 1836, 
died January 23, 1907, in New Scotland. He 
was a farmer, married (first) Edith, daughter 
of Jacob and Maria (Leonard) Jacobson, of 
Bethlehem. They were members of the Pres- 
byterian church. Children of John and Edith 
(Jacobson) Oliver: i. Daniel, died in 1904, at 
Binghamton, New York ; he was a railroad 
man ; married Elizabeth Hines, also deceased ; 
had issue. 2. Adeline, married Christopher 
La Grange, of Bethlehem, New York; issue: 
Emery, married ; Hattie, married ; Alice, mar- 
ried ; Raymond ; Wesley, deceased ; Maude, 
married and lives in Binghamton, New York. 
3. Edith J., married Charles Miller. 4. Sarah 
Alice, married Myron Hungerford, a farmer 
of New Scotland ; no issue. 5. Elizabeth, mar- 
ried Jacob Wagoner, of Albany; two daugh- 
ters: Minnie, married; Jennie, married. John 
Oliver married (second) Margaret Hart; no 
issue. He married (third) Lavinia Dyer, now 
deceased ; children : 6. Irving, a farmer of 
Bethlehem, New York, married Alary Mc- 
Narry ; has issue. 7. Lewelyn, married Jacob 
Weis, of New Scotland, a farmer; three chil- 
dren. 8. John, a farmer of Bethlehem ; mar- 
ried Sadie Rathburn ; six children. 9. Chris- 
topher, a farmer of New Scotland ; married 
Hattie Hallenbeck ; four children. 10. George, 
a farmer of New Scotland, married Eva C. 
Albright ; one child. Children of Charles and 
Edith J. (Oliver) Miller: i. Victor, born 
October 24, 1876; graduated Albany Business 
College, 1894; now a farmer of Bethlehem; 
he married Sarah A. Fitch, and has a son, 
Charles A., born August 2, 1909. 2. Ernest, 
born October 12, 1878; educated at Albany 
high school; now a farmer of New Scotland; 
married Edna J. Mackey. 3. James, born De- 
cember 5, 1881 ; educated in Albany high 
school, 1898, now a farmer of New Scotland; 
married Nettie Johnson ; children : i. Julia, 
born July 9, 1906; ii. Jane, l-"ebruary 29, 1908; 
iii. Edith, July 3, 1909. 4. Julia A., born 
March 12, 1884; well educated, resides at 
home. 5. Frank, born May 15, 1886, resides at 
home. The family are members of the Pres- 



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"byterian church, and the sons are Democratic 
in principle. 



The ancestor of the \'an 
\AX ORDEN Ordens of New Balti- 
timore, Greene county, 
Kew York, is \\'iniam Van Orden, who came 
from Holland in the ship "Arms of Norway" 
-about 1670. He settled at Katts Kill, where 
in 1718, after his marriage, he took possession 
in right of his wife of lot No. 4, containing 
about fifteen hundred acres. Here he built 
a house that was his home until death and 
stood for over a century and a half before 
being torn down. It wa.s built partly of logs 
and partly of stone quarried from the Kalk- 
"berg. It was built against the hill, so that 
it was two stories high on the east side and 
one story on the west. In front was the Hud- 
son, and the jealously guarded "canon place" 
at which the boats were tied. William was 
one of the first elders of the Dutch Reformed 
church at old Catskill, where he was well 
known and highly respected. He died in 1765, 
and was buried on the brow of the hill north- 
-west from his house. The stone that marked 
his grave bears the inscription "W. V. O. 
1765." The inventory of his property shows 
liini to have been a wealthy man for his day. 
He married, in 1716, Temperance, daughter 
of William Loveridge (the patentee of what 
is known as the "Loveridge Patent"), and his 
wife, Margrietje Dumond. Children: i. Wil- 
liam, born 1717; married, December 22, 1842, 
Sarah Dubois, died March, 1793, aged sev- 
enty-six years, daughter of Hezekiah Dubois 
of Kingston ; children : i. Temperance, mar- 
ried John Burhans : ii. Hezekiah, married 
(first) Engeltje Loeck ; (second) Elizabeth 
\'an Vecten : iii. Annatje, married James Mil- 
liken. Hezekiah served in the revolutionary 
war: was justice of the peace, supervisor and 
very influential. 2. Margaret, baptized Janu- 
ary 23, 1726; married Jan Baptist Dumond; 
•children : Ignatius, Temperance Loveridge, 
William Van Orden, Ignatius (2), David, Jan 
Baptist. 3. John, born May 26, 1727: mar- 
ried, February 15, 1751, Tryntje (Catherine) 
Dubois: children: Catryntje, William, Benja- 
min, Sarah, Peter, John, Margery. John was 
too old to become a soldier of the revolution, 
but he was very active and zealous in the 
cause of the colonies. William, his oldest son, 
fought at Stillwater and Saratoga, and died 
in the service. Benjamin, the second son, was 
commissioned quartermaster of the nth Regi- 
ment, New York Volunteers, and served until 
the close of the war. 4. Elizabeth, baptized 
June 29, 1729; married David Dumon. 5. 
Ignatius, of whom further. 6. Peter, baptized 



December 9, 1732, died before January 30, 
1761 ; no issue. 7. Sarah, baptized 1735. 

(II) Ignatius, third son of William and 
Temperance (Loveridge) \'an Orden, was 
baptized at Kattsbaan, February 4, 1731, died 
July 9, 1807. b'rom 1765 until his death he 
lived in the house which "his father built near 
the Hudson. In 1778 he received a major's 
commission in Colonel Anthony \'an Bergen's 
regiment, and saw active service. He married 
(first) Annatje Oosterhoudt, who was the 
mother of his children ; married (second) Sa- 
rah Breasted Mynderse. Children: i. Sarah, 
born July i, 1758; married, March i, 1781, 
Jeremiah Overbagh. 2. Jane, married Hen- 
drick Freligh. 3. William, of whom further. 
4. Ignatius, died about 1854. 

(III) William, son of Ignatius and Annatje 
(Oosterhoudt) Van Orden, was born April 
4, 1765, died November 14, 1840. He built 
his house on the beautiful knoll "Green Point." 
He was a farmer and a noted sportsman. At 
the age of seventy-five, while out gunning for 
wild ducks, he was drowned in the Hudson, 
on the flats near his dwelling. He married, 
December 19, 1787, Catherine Ten Broeck, 
born October 19, 1766, died February 12, 
1820, daughter of Wessel and Jannetje (Per- 
sen) Ten Broeck, of Germantown, New York. 
Children: i. Wessel Ten Broeck, of whom fur- 
ther. 2. Henry, born September 4, 1790; mar- 
ried, February 20, 1822, Temperance, died 
July 13, 1863, daughter of Henry and Cath- 
erine (Dumond) De Witt. 3. William, born 
October 16, 1794, died July 18, 1839. 4. Jane 
Ann, born February 3, 1799, married Ben- 
jamin Van Denburg. 

(IV) Wessel "Ten Broeck Van Orden, 
M.D., eldest son of William and Catherine 
(Ten Broeck) Van Orden, was born Septem- 
ber 12, 1788. died at New Baltimore, New 
York, January 31, 1871. He married Maria 
Schumacher (Schoonmaker), born 1793. died 
May, 1892, daughter of Tjirck and Jane Myn- 
derse Schoonmaker, of IJlster county. New 
York. Children: i. Jane Catherine, born 
November 12, 1812; married John Ham, of 
Columbia county. 2. We.ssel Ten Broeck (2), 
born January 24, 1821, died August 11, 1877. 
3. Edmund Henry, of whom further. 

(V) Edmund Henry, youngest child of 
Wessel Ten Broeck and Maria (Schoon- 
maker) Van Orden, was born at Germantown. 
Columbia county. New York, October 7, 1828, 
died at Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 
27, 1909, and was buried at New Baltimore, 
New York. He was an extensive farmer and 
an influential citizen. He married, November 
17, 1859, Almyra Van Bergen, \yho was horn 
August 20, '1827, died .\ugust 20, 1874, 



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daughter of Philip and Sarah Ann (Bush- 
nell) Van Bergen. 

(VI) Wessel Ten Broeck, only child of Ed- 
mund Henry and Almyra (Van Bergen) Van 
Orden, was born December 2, 1861, at New 
Baltimore, Greene county, New York. He 
was educated in public and private schools, 
and succeeded to his father's estate, and has 
spent his life in its management. He is a 
member of the Holland Society of New York; 
Philip Livingston Chapter, Sons of the Rev- 
olution; Social Friendship Lodge, No. 741, 
Free and Accepted Masons of New Balti- 
more, of which he is past master ; non-resident 
member of the Albany Club and Pike's Peak 
Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a 
member of the First Reformed Church of New 
Baltimore; is a Republican in politics, and 
belongs to the Greene county Republican As- 
sociation. He married, January 7, 1885, Jen- 
nie A., daughter of William and Lydia A. 
Fuller of New Baltimore. 

(The Van Bergen Line). 

(I) Almyra (Van Bergen) Van Orden de- 
scends from Martin Gerretse Van Bergen (or 
Marte Gerretse, as he always called himself), 
who came to New Netherlands about the year 
1640. He is said to have been a relative of 
Killian Van Rensselaer, patroon, of Amster- 
dam, and to have come to Rensselaerwyck un- 
der his patronage. He soon became a man 
of note in the colony and for many years was 
commissary of Fort Orange, a member of the 
governor's council; one of the justices of the 
peace for the county of Albany, and captain 
of the militia company. He was a wealthy and 
liberal man, and gave freely of his substance 
when the colony or his church was in need. 
In 1689 few subscribed a greater sum than he 
for the defence of the frontier, and no one 
paid a larger sum for the support of Godfrey 
Dallius, the minister of the Dutch Reformed 
church of Albany. He died in 1696, on his 
estate of several hundred acres, lying on the 
west side of the Hudson. It is a well founded 
tradition of the family that a party of Cana- 
dian Indians attacked his house with the in- 
tention of carrying him off a prisoner; he re- 
sisted the attack, and was killed in the affray. 
He left a large estate consisting of lots in Al- 
bany and farm properties. He married, (first) 
Jannetje Martense; (second) in Albany, Jan- 
uary 21, 1686, Mdltje, daughter of Myndert 
Frederickse Iveren, who survived him. Chil- 
dren : Gerrit, Myndert, Martin, Pieter (of 
whom further) ; Johannes. 

(II) Pieter, son of Marte Gerretse Van Ber- 
gen, was baptized in Albany, February 21, 
1694, died January 4, 1778. He married, No- 



vember 7, 1724, Christina Costar, born 1700, 
died December, 1777, daughter of Anthony 
and Elizabeth (Ten Broeck) Costar. Chil- 
dren: I. Martin Gerritse, born September 9, 
1725; a prominent burgher of Albany, magis- 
trate, member of the governor's council ; he 
never married, and was familiarly known as 
"Mart Gers, the bachelor." 2. Elizabeth, died 
in infancy. 3. Anthony, of whom further. 4. 
Henry, born November 6, 1 731. married 
Nelltje, daughter of William and Tuntje 
(Staats) Salisbury. 5. Elizabeth, born Janu- 
ary 8, 1733, married Harmanus Cuyler. 6. 
Myndert, baptized October 16, 1739. 7. Peter, 
born April 23, 1742, married Ehzabeth, 
daughter of John Fryer. 

(HI) Anthony, son of Pieter and Christina 
(Costar) Van Bergen, was born November i, 
1729. His will is dated February 10, 1792. 
He was an officer of the revolutionary war, 
a colonel commanding the nth Regiment, of 
which Ignatius Van Orden was major and 
Henry Van Bergen, his brother, was captain 
of the First Company. This regiment be- 
longed to the northern army, and was en- 
gaged at the battles of Stillwater and Sara- 
toga, and present at the surrender of Bur- 
goyne. He married in Catskill, in 1762, Maria 
Salisbury, baptized April 22, 1739, daughter 
of Abraham and Rachel (Ten Broeck) Salis- 
bury, granddaughter of Francis and ]\Iaria 
(Van Gaasbeck) Salisbury and great-grand- 
daughter of Silvester Salisbury, born about 
1629, in England or Wales, came to the New 
Netherlands in 1664. Children: i. Peter, 
born July 11, 1763, died August 30, 1804; a 
large landowner, and state senator 1802-4, dy- 
ing while in office ; married Hester, only 
daughter of Thomas Hoogteling and his wife,. 
Elizabeth Whitbeck. 2. Abraham, born De- 
cember 3, 1764, died unmarried, November 11,. 
1848. 3. Myndert, baptized in Coxsackie. Jan- 
uary 17, 1767. 4. Catherine, baptized July 
17, 1767, married Conradt Hoogteling. 5. 
Martin Gerritse, of whom further. 6. Chris- 
tina, baptized Jtily 17, 1774; married Arthur 
MacClo.skey. 7. Henry Costar, baptized 1777, 
died unmarried, August 11, 1816. 8. Rachel, 
baptized July 16, 1780. The last six children- 
were baptized at Coxsackie, New York. 

(I\') Martin Gerritse, son of Anthony and 
Maria (Salisbury) Van Bergen, was born De- 
cember 17, 1768, he married, March. 30, 1793, 
Sallie, daughter of Philip and Conimertje 
(Bronk) Conyn. He died August 2, 1855, 
Children: i. Anthony M., born February i, 
1794, married Maria Vandenburg; (second) 
Pamelia Prentiss; (third) Susan, daughter of 
Leonard Bronk, and widow of Philip Conyn. 
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thony Hoogteling. 3. Philip, of whom fur- 
ther. 4. Hannah, bom April 15, 1803; mar- 
ried Henry, son of Peter Coeymans and Eliz- 
abeth (Van Wie) Bronk. 5. Catherine, born 
March 16, 1806; married Andrew T. Van 
Slyck. 

(V) Philip, son of Marten Gerritse and 
Sallie (Conyn) Van Bergen, was born March 
21, 1797. He married Sarah Ann Bnshnell 
and they are the parents of Almyra (Van Ber- 
gen) Van Orden. (See Van Orden V.) 



(H) William (2), eldest 
VAN ORDEN son of William (i) and 
Temperance (Loveridge) 
\'an Orden (q. v.), was born 1717, died 
March 17, 1793. He lived a quiet, uneventful 
life in the Inbogt. In a deed of indenture he 
is described as a weaver, but it is doubtful if 
he ever worked at his trade, as his farm of 
one hundred and twenty-four acres supplied 
all his wants. He built his own house in 1742 
and it stood for nearly one hundred and thirty 
years. An addition was built at the request 
of his son, Hezekiah, who wanted a "Yankee 
House," that is, one built of wood, and of this 
material the addition was made. He married, 
December 22, 1742, Sarah, daughter of Heze- 
kiah Dubois, of Kingston, Children : Tem- 
perance, married John Burhans ; Hezekiah, of 
further mention ; Annatje. married James Mil- 
liken, a private of the continental army. 

(HI) Hezekiah, only son of William (2) 
and Sarah (Dubois) Van Orden, was born 
in Germantown, New York, January 22, 1749, 
died August 18, 1796. During the war of 
the revolution he was an ardent Whig. As 
a member of the military committee of the 
Groote Inbogt district he kept close watch 
upon the Tories of the neighborhood and took 
his turn in patrolling the roads. In October, 
1777, he joined the yeomen who flocked to 
Green Point and Alaquaa's Hoek to oppose 
the Britisli in their progress up the Hudson. 
In 1781, at the age of thirty-two, he was a 
justice of the peace, an office at that time 
of considerable honor and usually conferred 
upon older men. He married (first) Engeltje 
Luke; (second) Elizabeth Van Vechten. 

(IV) Jacob, son of Hezekiah and Elizabeth 
(Van Vechten) Van Orden, born September 
5, 1788, died March 25, 1833. He married 
Harriet Schuyler, born September 15, 1783, 
died December 4, 1868, daughter of Philip 
Pieterse and Annatje (Wendell) Schuyler. 

(V) William (3), son of Jacob and Har- 
riet (Schuyler) Van Orden, was born at Cat- 
skill, February 9. 1816, died April 18, 1894. 
He was educated in the schools of Catskill 
and Albany. After his graduation he entered 



the law office of Abram Van X'echten, a prom- 
inent lawyer of Albany. He was admitted 
to the bar and practiced his profession in Cat- 
skill. During his later years he resided on 
the old Van Orden farm, situated about two 
miles from Catskill. He was master in chan- 
cery in Greene county. He was a member 
of the First Reformed Church to which he 
contributed liberally. He married, lune 24, 
1840, Mary, daughter of Caleb and Katurah 
(Hill) Hopkins. Children: Philip V., born 
March 11, 1841, died December 13, 1910; 
William, of further mention; Charles H., 
April II, 1847; Mary Louise, March 11, 1856; 
Anna, January 3, 1858. 

(VI)" William (4), son of William (3), 
and Mary (Hopkins) Van Orden, was born 
November 20, 1845. He received his educa- 
tion in private schools, and attended an acad- 
emy conducted by Rev. Dr. R. B. Fairbairn,, 
an Episcopal minister. Upon the completion 
of his schoohng he took up agricultural pur- 
suits on the farm which is now his home. 
He is a member of the Holland Society, also 
a member of the Dutch Reformed church of 
Catskill, In politics he is an Independent Dem- 
ocrat, but never held office. He is unmarried. 



Two members of the Lipe family 
LIPE came from Germany to the Ameri- 
can colonies prior to the revolution, 
Johnannes (John), born 1764, settled on a 
farm in Montgomery county near Sprakers, 
During the revolution he owned the land on 
which the defences of Fort Plains were built. 
The property descended to his son David ; 
later to his grandson, Seeber Lipe. With the 
consent of the owner, the Montgomery county 
Historical Society erected small marble mon- 
uments in August, 1882, marking the site of 
the original fort erected 1776, and another 
the block house built in 1781. John engaged 
both in farming and in trade at Sand Hill, 
at that time in the town of Minden. He 
passed through the trying scenes of the rev- 
olution safely, although Minden suffered 
much from the Indians and Tories. After the 
war was over John married. November 11, 
1788, Elizabeth Lambert, and left numerous 
descendants. He continued in business until 
his death. 

The ancestor of Ephraim Lipe, of Cana- 
joharie, is also John Lipe, of the town of Root, 
Montgomery county. New York. He was a 
farmer and was killed by a running horse 
while attempting to cross the road. He lived 
in the troublous times of the revolution and 
served with the militia against the Indians. 
He married a Miss Hays and had four chil- 
dren: Delia, married Adam Dockstader; Eva,, 



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married John Burns; ]\Iary. married John 
A'ancroast; Adam L, of whom further. 

(II) Adam I., son of John and 

(Hays) Lipe, was born in the town of Root, 
I\Iontgomery county, New York, June 28, 
1794, died June 28, 1872. He grew upon the 
homestead "farm, and later became a land own- 
er and farmer. He was a soldier in the 
war of 1812; was a Whig in politics and a 
man of influence in his town. He married, 
about 1 816, Catherine Rickard, of German and 
revolutionary ancestry, born March 17. 1796, 
died November 19, 1884. Children: i. John 
L., born October, 1817, died December 28, 
1883; he married Elizabeth Wormuth ; chil- 
dren : i. Martin ; ii. Adam, married Margaret 
Pullman, of Johnstown, New York, and had 
Earl ; iii. Jeanette, married Charles Snow. 2. 
Kate, born May 29, 1821. died December 31, 
1908; she married Jacob Bellinger, a descend- 
ant of William Bellinger, born in Germany; 
children: William and Adam. 3. Delilah, born 
March 2, 1824, married Jacob Mowers; chil- 
dren : Wesley and Edna. 4. Hiram, born 
February 9, 1828. 5. Eve, born March i, 1831 
married, March 7, 1849, Charles H. Hubbs, 
born September 3, 1824, died November 20, 
1892, son of Charles Root Hubbs, of Long 
Island, New York, settled in the town of Root 
in 1802 near Rural Grove; he married Miriam 
Coffin and had ten children. Children of 
Charles H. Hubbs : i. Catherine, torn July 3, 
1 85 1, died November 16, 1851 ; ii. David, 
March 4, 1855, married Addie Burroughs; iii. 
Carrie, October 20. 1857, married, June, 1893, 
Simon Van Buren ; iv. Adam, June 4, i860, 
■died November 24, 1889; v. A. Seymour, De- 
cember 9, 1862, married Hope Conover ; vi. 
Lillian, July 5, i8(')6. married, October 19, 
1892, Dorris Carr; children: Edwin J., born 
August 17, 1889; Leland, November i, 1891 ; 
vii. Raymond B., August 16, 1871, married, 

October 17, 1889, ; viii. Iva A., May 

19, 1875. 6. Harriet, born February 16, 1834; 
married Samuel Jamison and has son Morti- 
mer. 7. Ephraim, see forward. 

(Ill) Ephraim, youngest .son and child of 
Adam I. and Catherine (Rickard) Lipe, was 
born in the town of Root, Montgomery coun- 
ty. New York, July 14, 1837. He was edu- 
cated in the public school and reared on the 
farm, succeeding to ownership of the home- 
stead on the death of his father. Here he 
lived until after the birth of all bis children, 
a period covering twenty-five years of owner- 
ship. The farm contained one hundred and 
fifty-five acres and he managed it profitably. 
In 1868 he began buying and selling hay in 
rather a small way but the business soon took 
■on large porportions, and in 1883 he left the 



farm and located in the village of Sprakers 
and carried on business on a much larger 
scale. In February, 1889, he removed to the 
village of Canajoharie, which has since been 
his home. He remained in active business un- 
til 1909. when he retired. He became a very 
large dealer in hay and was well known 
throughout the valley where for forty-one 
years he bought hay from the farmers, doing 
business with some of them for nearly the 
entire period. About 1878 he admitted his eld- 
est son to a partnership, the firm name being 
E. & W. H. Lipe. He is held in the highest 
regard in the community where his entire life 
has been spent with the exception of seven 
years he spent in New York City taking 
charge of and marketing the hay shipments. 
During his residence in the town of Root he 
was much in the public service, serving as 
town collector of taxes and highway commis- 
sioner. In Canajoharie he has served as trus- 
tee and auditor of the village. He is a Re- 
publican in politics. He has been for many 
years a devoted active worker in the Dutch 
Reformed church which he serves as trustee. 

He married, February 23, i860, in St. 
Mark's Lutheran Church, (Rev. Lewiston Hip- 
pee officiating ) Eliza .Anne Wood, born in Can- 
ajoharie, New York, August 16, 1840. They 
began their married life on the farm near 
Sprakers, their home until 1883. Mrs. Lipe 
is a devoted member of the Dutch Reformed 
church, and with her husband has contributed 
much to the church and social life of the 
community. On Wednesday, February 23, 
1910, Ephraim and Eliza Anne (Wood) Lipe 
celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their' 
wedding day, an occasion that will long live 
in the memories of the one hundred and sev- 
enty-five guests present, including every liv- 
ing son and daughter. Eliza A. Wood is a 
daughter of Abram and Ann (Wiles) Wood, 
granddaughter of David and Elizabeth (Van- 
derberker) Wood, and maternal granddaugh- 
ter of Joseph Wiles, old Montgomery county 
families. Children of Abram and Ann Wood : 
John, married Elizabeth Moguin ; Isaac, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Flatner ; Eliza Anne, married 
Ephraim Lipe ; Mary, married De Witt Davis ; 
Boyd, married Elizabeth Wills; David, mar- 
ried Ella Harp ; Richard ; Margaret, married 
Charles H. Burdick ; Jennie, married William 
Lausen. Children of Ephraim and Eliza .Anne 
(Wood) Lipe: i. W'alter H., born December 
4, i860; educated in the public schools, en- 
gaged for many years in business as junior 
member of E. & W. H. Lipe; in 1890 he or- 
ganized the Imperial Packing Company and 
for ten years was engaged in curing and pack- 
ing the well known "Beech Nut" products ; in 



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1900 Bartlett Arkell became a partner and as 
the Beech Nut Packing Company, the busi- 
ness continued with Waker H. Lipe as treas- 
urer and general manager ; he married, July 
20, 1896, Christina A. Goodall ; children: i. 
\'irginia, born Alay 24, 1900; ii. Rose Ann, 
]March 5, 1906. 2. Mary Estelle, born April 
ID, 1864; married, October 3, 1889, William 
E. Tompkins, a hay and grain merchant of 
Toledo, Ohio; child. Anna Eliza, born Sep- 
tember 25, 1890. 3. Fred Willard, born March 

1, 1866; a hay and grain merchant of Toledo, 
Ohio; married. May, 1899, Sadie Allen. 4. 
Raymond P., born October 6. 1870; a hay and 
grain merchant of Toledo. Ohio ; he married, 
March 3, 1893, Maude \'osburgh ; children: 
Katherine Vosburgh, born March 14, 1896, 
Elizabeth Bartlett," November, 1898. 5. Ber- 
tha Virginia, born September 25, 1874 ; mar- 
ried, June 25, 1902, Lyell T. Hallett, assist- 
ant treasurer of the Beech Nut Packing Com- 
pany ; children : Walter Wellington, born 
March 11, 1906; Florence Elizabeth, May 11, 
1908. Two children died in infancy. Anna 
and Ephraim (2), and Jennie, who died in her 
nineteenth year. 

John Brown was born in New- 
BROWN port, Rhode Lsland, in 1695, 

died January, 1764. He was a 
large vessel owner and a very wealthy man 
for his day. The family, however, lost most 
of their property during the revolution, as 
they remained loyal to the King. He married 
Jane Lucas, and had issue. 

(H) Colonel Robert, son of John and 
Jane (Lucas) Brown, of Newport, was born 
April 9, 1735, died August, 1794. His wife 
Elizabeth was born January 28, 1744, died No- 
vember 27, 181 5. The tradition of the family 
is that this Robert was the Robert Brown 
captured by pirates, together with two boys 
who were with him on his vessel. Brown and 
the two boys (not his own) were set afloat in a 
rowboat near some rocky cliffs, the pirates 
supposing they could not land. But Brown 
being a good sailor landed in safety, although 
in ascending the rocks one of the boys was 
lost and drowned. Colonel Robert said, "He 
hoped and prayed that he would live to see 
the day when they were hung." He did live 
to see them hung at Newport and told them 
of his wish, which they remembered. Colonel 
Robert Brown married Elizabeth ; chil- 
dren : I. Colonel Robert B., born November 
19, 1763. died October 2-j, 1845; he was the 
father of eight sons, Peter, Barker, Philip, 
Robert, George, Henry, Edmund and David. 

2. John, born January 10, 1765, died Decem- 
ber 19, 1836, leaving nine children: John, 



James, Samuel, Clark. Charles, Betsy, Becky, 
Mary and Susan. 3. Silas, born November 28, 
1766. died May 18, 1820; children : Silas, Brin- 
ton. Fanny, Elizabeth, Susan and Sarah Ann. 
4. Elizabeth, born July 27, 1767, died young. 
3. Peleg, of whom further. 6. Tames, born 
July II, 1771, died July 31, 1839! Mary, his 
wife, was born September, 1778; children: 
Robert, John, Benjamin, Mary, Lucy and Ta- 
bathy. By his second wife: Henry, Peleg, 
James, Caroline and George. 7. Henry, born 
July 2, 1773. died September 25, 1845 ; his wife 
was a Miss Hamnon ; they left one son, Silas. 
(HI) Peleg, son of Colonel Robert and 
Elizabeth Brown, was born August 7, 1769, 
died September 23, 1838. He married Dorcas 
, who died September 15, 1856. Chil- 
dren: William B., born .September 22, 1793, 
died December 27, i860; Mary, July 6, 1795, 
died June 22, 1875; Tabathy, .\ugust 13, 1797, 
died November 26, 1825; Elizabeth, Septem- 
ber 30, 1799, died October 17, 1799; Joseph 
W., March 27, 1801, died June 5, i878;,Eliza- 
beth C, December 30, 1802, died June 29, 
1872; Ann M. June 22, 1805, died June 7, 
1884; Jeremiah G., May 22, 1807, died No- 
vember 24, 1820: Peleg, of whom further. 

(IV) Peleg (2), son of Peleg (i) and Dor- 
cas Brown, was born June 28, 18 10, died June 
23, 1891. He married, March 10, 1836, Ann 
Hoxie. born March 23, 1810, died February 
17, 1887. Children: 'john P., born July i, 
1838, died May 24, 1881 ; Joseph H., of whom 
further; William H., born September 7, 1843, 
died February 17, 1844; Infant son, deceased; 
Mary Esther, May 15, 1849. fl'^d April 16, 
1884, married Charles H, Bradish, Decem- 
ber 21, 1881 ; children: Leila and Annabel. 

(V) Joseph H., son of Peleg (2) and Ann 
(Hoxie) Brown, was born January 12, 1841, 
at Petersburg, New York, died March 27, 
1904. He was a successful farmer of Hoosick 
where he lived all his life. He was a Re- 
publican and took a deep interest in the poli- 
tics of the county, holding local offices. He 
was a member of the Baptist church. He mar- 
ried June 16, 1861, Mary E. James. She died 
August 13, 1898. Children: William Joseph, 
born June 23, 1862, died March 8, 1893; Hat- 
tie M. ; Edward James, of whom further. 

(VI) Edward James, son of Joseph H. and 
Mary E. (James) Brown, was born June 2"], 
1866. He was educated in the public schools 
of Hoosick, and then followed the occupation 
of his father, that of farming, and remained 
on the homestead with him. In 1894 he re- 
lieved his father of the care of the farm, tak- 
ing full charge. He removed to Piattsburg, 
New York, for a nuich needed rest and re- 
mained there two years. 1895-96, and then re- 



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turned to the farm where he has made his 
home. His farm is a dairy farm, requiring 
much extra work. He is a Republican in 
poHtics and takes an active part in town af- 
fairs. He is a member of All Saints Episco- 
pal Church. He married, November 28, 1879, 
Slarion Stetson, daughter of Elizur Larkin, 
died April 25, 1891 ; and Helen (Stetson ) Lar- 
kin. Children : Helen Mary, Rowland Hoxie, 
Elizabeth Larkin. 



The progenitor of the Turner 
TURNER family in Amsterdam was of 

English descent and Irish birth. 
The founder of the family in Ireland was 
born in England of English parents. He 
came to Ireland when a young man, settled 
in Wexford county, where he married Bridget 
Doyle, born in Wexford, where she died at 
the age of eighty-nine. The husband changed 
his religious belief and became, like his wife, 
a communicant of the Roman Catholic church. 
They ivere the parents of a son, Patrick. 

(II) Patrick, son of James and Bridget 
(Doyle) Turner, was born in Wexford, Ire- 
land, died at New Castle, same county, at age 
of fifty-two years. He was a successful con- 
tractor. He married and had issue, i. Rich- 
ard, married Ellen Bell ; removed to England, 
reared a family, one coming to the United 
States. 2. Jennie, married Henry Jordan, 
with whom she emigrated to Van Diemen's 
Land, Australia, where they died, leaving 
two sons and three daughters. 3. Eliza, mar- 
ried John Whalen ; they removed to Marlbor- 
ough, Australia, leaving a daughter, Mary, 
who is also deceased. 4. Patrick, was for 
fifteen years on the Irish constabulary force, 
was transferred to England, where he was 
killed in the performance of his duty ; he mar- 
ried in England. 5. James, married Maria 
Wright, of Irish parents, settled in England, 
later on emigrated to Marlborough, Australia; 
had Emily, Maria and Catherine. 6. Terrence, 
came to the United States, settled in the south, 
where he died. 7. John, married Eliza Fox; 
came to the United States, settled in Amster- 
dam, New York, where he died from sun- 
stroke, eleven days after his arrival here; he 
left John and Mary ; the former a soldier of 
the One Hundred and Fifteenth New York 
Volunteer Regiment ; died in the service. 8. 
William, settled in Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng- 
land ; married Ellen Thompson, of that town, 
and had William and Emily. 9. Catherine, 
also removed to Halifax, England, where she 
married Whalen; they are both de- 
ceased, leaving a daughter, Mary. 10. 
Michael, see forward. 11. Mary, died aged 
three years. 12. Bridget, born September 22, 



1832, in Wicklow county, Ireland; educated 
in Dublin ; came to the United States on the 
sailing vessel, "P. Sage"; after a six weeks' 
voyage arrived in New York, proceeded to 
Amsterdam, New York, where she married 
Alexander Doyle, born in Wicklow county, 
Ireland, December 25, 1828, came to the Uni- 
ted States when a young man, died in Am- 
sterdam, November 9, 1904; children: Mary, 
Charles, William, Jennie, all deceased, John, 
Jane, Catherine F., Martha, Elizabeth and 
James Doyle. 

(III) Michael, tenth child of Patrick Tur- 
ner, was born in Ireland, 1828. He emigrated 
to the United States in 1849, coming on a 
slow sailing vessel. He settled in Amster- 
dam, where he became a well known and pros- 
perous mason and builder. He was also a 
builder of tan bark furnaces for the consump- 
tion of old tan bark. He met a tragic death, 
April 24, 1876. The spring freshets had car- 
ried away the bridge across the Mohawk river 
at Amsterdam ; late in the evening in com- 
pany with two attorneys of Amsterdam, John- 
son I. Snell and Cuthbert Patterson, he at- 
tempted to cross the river in a small boat, 
which on the way across overturned and all 
three were drowned. Mr. Turner's body was 
found eleven months after on Scotia Flats, 
Schenectady. The tragic death of these three 
well-known men caused universal sadness 
in their city. He was a man of thrift 
and energy, highly respected. He mar- 
ried, in Amsterdam, Bridget McCormick, 
born in county Meade, Ireland, emigrating to 
the United States about the same time as 
her husband. They settled on a farm in the 
town of Day, Saratoga county, where she died 
in 1873, aged thirty-eight years. He married 
(second) Kate Burns, who survives him, a 
resident of Amsterdam. Children of first 
wife: I. John J., see forward. 2. William, 
in the undertaking business in Amsterdam; 
married Eleanor Fox and has George, D.D.S., 
William and Florence. 3. Richard, married 
Mary Bowes and had a son Richard (2), de- 
ceased. 4. Eliza, widow* of John H. Den- 
ning; resides in Saratoga; has children: Mary, 
wife of John Sheridan, Hugh and John Den- 
ning. 5. Mary, died in youthful woman- 
hood, unmarried. 6. George, resident of Sche- 
nectady, New York ; is in the employ of his 
brother John J.; married (first) Angle Dailey 
and has a daughter Theresa. 7. Ellen, died 
young. 8. Catherine, educated for the church, 
at Notre Dame, is a sister at Notre Dame, 
Washington, D. C. 9. Nora, died in infancy. 
Child by second wife: 10. Jessie, born Sep- 
tember 19, 187 s. 

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1563 



Bridget (McCormick) Turner, was born in 
Day, Saratoga county. New York, November 
19. 1853. He learned the mason, building 
and contracting trade with his father, work- 
ing in connection with him until the death of 
the latter in 1876, when he succeeded him, 
took the business in charge and has since 
successfully conducted extensive building 
operations all over the section known as East- 
ern New York. He was for a time, 1890-97, 
in partnership, but since the latter date has 
carried on the business alone. He is one of 
the best-known contractors of his own city 
and has erected many large and costly build- 
ings in neighboring and distant cities. For 
years he has erected many of the buildings of 
the General Electric Company of Schenectady 
the largest being eight hundred fifty-two by 
one hundred fifty-three feet in size. Among 
public buildings may be noted : the Elk Club 
House, and St. Mary's Parochial School, re- 
cently completed. Much of his success in his 
building operations he ascribes to the com- 
petent co-operation of the architect, C. M. 
Underwood. Politically Mr. Turner is a Dem- 
ocrat. He is a member of the Amsterdam 
board of trade, and since 1903 has been a 
member of the board of water commissioners. 
He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, 
Amsterdam Lodge, No. loi, Benevolent Pro- 
tective Order of Elks ; Ft. Johnson Club and 
Country Club. The fajnily are members of 
the Roman Catholic church. He married, June 
5. 1878, in Amsterdam, New York, Marie, 
born there in 1853, daughter of Thomas and 
Marie (Dooley) Egan, both born in Ireland, 
but residents of Amsterdam for many years. 
Thomas Egan was a baker and died in 1882. 
Marie, his wife, died in 1897. They were 
■extremely old people. Children of John J. 
and Marie (Egan) Turner: i. Elizabeth, 
educated in St. Mary's Convent; resides at 
home. 2. John P., a civil engineer ; educated 
at St. Mary's and the Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute; is engaged with his father; married 
October, 1909, Agnes Schermerhorn, of Troy, 
New York. 3. Richard, civil engineer ; edu- 
cated at St. Mary's and the Rensselaer Poly- 
technic Institute ; unmarried. 4. Thomas A., 
associated with his father: was educated at 
St. Mary's and the Rensselaer Polytechnic 
Institute ; unmarried. 



Tliis particular branch of the 
PHILLIPS niillips family has been 
seated in the Mohawk valley 
for more than a century. They descend from 
the New England family of Phillips, whose 
ancestors date back to an early period in tlie 
bistory oi that section. The history of the 



Schenectady branch begins with George Phil- 
lips, of Montgomery county. New York, •^vho 
was born at Fort Plain about 1800. and died 
near that village aged sixty-five years. He 
married Miss Adams, who survived him, but a 
short time. He was a farmer and a Demo- 
crat. Children: i. Robert, of further men- 
tion. 2. Winchell, lived and died at Little 
Falls, New York ; married Sarah Marsh, who 
survives him, a resident of Little Falls. 3. 
Julia, married Gottlieb Ludwig; children: 
Harry and Harriet. 4. Matilda, married, but 
left no issue. 5. Sarah Jane, unmarried, the 
only surviving child. 

(II) Robert, eldest son of George Phillips, 
was born in Fort Plain, New York, June 27, 
1823, died in 1885. He received a good edu- 
cation in the public schools and for several 
years was a teacher and instructor. He later 
engaged in mercantile life and was a merchant 
of Fort Plain. Later he engaged in the lum- 
ber business and removed to Bridgeville. He 
was a Democrat until the outbreak of the civil 
war, when feeling that his party was not liv- 
ing up to the promises of its platform, he 
voted the Republican ticket. He married, in 
Fort Plain, Sarah, born June 8, 1828, daughter 
of Jonas and Wyncha A. (Low) Myer. \\'yn- 
cha Low was of the Low family of Saugerties, 
Ulster county, New York, and was related to 
ex-Mayor Seth Low, of New York City. The 
Myer family were early settlers of Ulster 
county ; Jonas died in Saugerties at the age 
of fifty-six. and Wyncha, his wife, at the age 
of sixty. Of their family, two daughters, An- 
gelina and Sarah, arc the only survivors 
(1910). Robert and Sarah Phillips were 
formerly Presbyterians, but later connected 
with the Congregational church. They were 
brought into the latter communion through 
the preaching and teaching of Henry Ward 
Beecher, the eminent divine of Brooklyn, New 
York. Children: i. Eugene Wilson, born 
August 29, 1849, now a merchant of Sauger- 
ties, New York; married IMartha J. Decker, 
and has a daughter Ella, married Edward 
Morgan. 2. George Wellington, of further 
mention. 3. Sarah Lavina, born March 8, 
1856. deceased. 4. Henry Ward born April 
II, 1858, deceased. 5. Estelle, born June 27, 
i860, deceased. 6. Ann Grace, born March 
19, 1862; married David W. Tobinson, and 
resides in Saugerties. New York; eight liv- 
ing children. 7. Ella Frances, born Septem- 
ber 22, 1865; married Sheppard Guise, of 
Camden, New Jersey, and now resides in 
Schenectady, New York ; three daughters, one 
of whom. Hazel, married Hiram Williams and 
has issue. Mrs. Sarah (Myer) Phillips sur- 
vives her husband, and is a resident of Sau- 



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gerties, New York, with her son Eugene W. 
Phillips. She is now (November 2~, 1910) 
eighty-two years of age, yet so well preserved 
in mind that she has contributed many of the 
dates and facts contained herein, but says she 
"is weak and feeble and cannot write as I 
once could." 

(HI) George Wellington, second son of 
Robert and Sarah (Myer) Phillips, was born 
in Saugerties, Ulster county, New York, Oc- 
tober 16, 1852, In 1865 his parents removed 
to Bridgeville, Delaware, where he completed 
his studies. His father was engaged in the 
lumber business until his death, at the age of 
sixty-two years. He worked with his father 
at lumbering, and later became his traveling 
salesman. An important feature of their busi- 
ness was the burning of charcoal, and George 
W. traveled among the leading users of char- 
coal, disposing of large quantities of their prod- 
uct. After the death of Robert Phillips, his 
wife and family returned to Saugerties. While 
in Delaware, George W. had become greatly 
interested in the fruit and nursery farms of 
that section, and after his return to New York 
started a nursery in Saugerties, which he con- 
tinued until 1897. Finding soil and climate 
not well suited to this enterprise, in Septem- 
ber of that year he removed to Schenectady, 
New York, where he established the coal bus- 
iness, which he has since successfully oper- 
ated. He has taken more than passing interest 
in local afifairs, and when civic conditions were 
not satisfactory, organized and was secretary 
of the Taxpayer's Association, that brought 
about some needed reforms. He is a member 
of the Albany Street Methodist Episcopal 
Church, and a Republican in politics. He mar- 
ried, in Saugerties, Josephine Trought, born 
near New Brunswick, New Jersey, September 
24, 1857, and came to Saugerties, New York, 
with her parents in 1865. She is a daughter 
of Robert, son of John Trought. Robert 
Trought enlisted in 1861 in Company S, 30th 
New Jersey Volunteers, recruited from New 
Brunswick, and served until the close of the 
war. He was a good soldier and made an 
honorable war record. He was a member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church. His 
daughter, Mrs. Josephine Phillips, is a mem- 
ber of the Dutch Reformed Church of Sche- 
nectady. Children of George W. and Jose- 
phine (Trought) Phillips: i. George H., 
born October 10, 1874; educated in Sauger- 
ties ; now a photographer with a studio in 
New York City ; he married Effie Bailey, of 
Glens Falls, New York. 2. Robert, died in 
1876, aged ten months. 3. Lillian, born 1877, 
died aged twenty months. 4. Bertha M., born 
October 29, 1879, married Lawrence Kemp- 



ton, manager of the Phillips Coal Company. 
5. Maude, born June 16, 1884; married Wil- 
liam H. Pier, of Schenectady. 6. Mabel, born 
October 6, 18^8, died aged seven vears. 



The many forms of spelling 
PHILLIP this name is confusing when an 

attempt is made to trace from 
the present to past generations. It is supposed 
that Philip, Phillip, Phillips, Philips, Phillipse 
and Philipps are families all owning a com- 
mon ancestor. The name Phillips is derived 
from the Greek and signifies "horse lover.'' Its 
use as a surname has continued in Wales and 
other parts of Great Britain for at least five 
centuries, perhaps longer. There are many 
branches of the family in the LInited States 
dating from 1630 at Watertown, Massachu- 
setts. "A Phillips crossed the water with John 
Winthrop and from him descended a long line 
of ministers, judges, governors and council- 
lors, — a sturdy race, temperate, just, and high- 
minded." From the address of Dr. Porter 
at the centennial celebration of the Claverack 
Church we find that the ancestor of the Phil- 
lip family in Columbia county was an early 
settler of Germantown. He had six sons, four 
of whom removed to Claverack : George, Wil- 
liam, Henry and David. Two sons remained 
in Germantown. Germantown was settled by 
the Palatines but not exclusively. In a list 
of heads of families reported as willing to re- 
main in Germantown, August 26, 1724, is the 
name of Hans Peter Phillip. He may be the 
ancestor referred to by Qj^rPorter. The vil- 
lage of Philmont, in the town of Claverack, 
is named in honor of George P. Phillip, who 
was the first to manufacture there on an im- 
portant scale. A branch of the Philip family 
settled in Mellenville, where George Philip 
and Stephen Miller were among the first to 
engage in trade. They were succeeded by 
their sons and afterwards by William Phillip, 
who was long in trade there. Captain George 
Phillip kept one of the first public houses there, 
which other members of the family continued. 
The branch of the family that settled in Ghent, 
Columbia county, were among the most num- 
erous in that town, where one of the name still 
owns the old homestead. Mellenville was or- 
iginally known as "Hard Scrabble," and the 
Phillip family were among the first settlers. 
George Phillip was a blacksmith. He served 
in the revolution and gained the title and rank 
of captain. 

(I) William Phillip was long in trade in 
Mellenville, (Hard.scrabble). He married Re- 
becca Ostrander, who bore him David, Aaron, 
(see forward) ; John, Gertrude, Catherine and 
Elizabeth Ann. 



HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



1567 



(H) Aaron, second son of William and 
Rebecca (Ostrander) Phillip, was born in 
Claverack, Columbia county, New York in 
1819, and died in Mellenville, January 26, 
1905. He was quite young when his parents 
removed to Mellenville, where he obtained his 
education. His parents were religious people 
and trained the boy to read and study the 
Scriptures, which in later life gained him a 
reputation as a Bible scholar. He learned the 
carpenter's trade, worked for several years as 
a journeyman, later became a contractor, and 
in Claverack and Mellenville erected many 
buildings and dwellings. He was a most tire- 
less worker in the Dutch Reformed church at 
Mellenville, and was an elder and superintend- 
ent of the Sunday school for many years. 
He was charitable, generous and ever thought- 
ful of others. He married Ann Fowler of 
Mellenville. who survived him four years, dy- 
ing in August, 1909. . Children : Oscar W. ; 
Harriet Elizabeth: Rebecca (see forward); 
James E. ; Sarah E., married Frank Horton ; 
John H., married and has Fred W. and Cath- 
erine ; Emma, married Jacob Fassett ; Mary 
Augusta ; David Franklin ; Gertrude. 

(HI) Rebecca, third child of Aaron and 
Ann (Fowler) Phillip, was born in Mellen- 
ville, Columbia county, New York, where she 
received her education. After leaving school 
she removed to Troy, New York, where she 
entered the factory of William A. Harden; she 
was capable and ambitious, soon rising to the 
position of forewoman, becoming a trusted and 
valuable employee. She was generously re- 
membered in ^Ir. Harden's will. 



The first Burdick of record in 
BURDICK America, and the ancestor of 

the Burdicks of Galway, Sara- 
toga county, New York, is Robert Burdick, of 
Westerly, Rhode Island, who died in 1692. He 
was a farmer of Newport, Rhode Island, 1655, 
and was of Westerly, November i, 1661. He 
was a seceder from the Baptist church, join- 
ing with the Seventh Day Baptists. He was 
in the thick of the fight with Massachusetts 
over jurisdiction, and was arrested with To- 
bias Sanders and others, brought before Gov- 
ernor John Endicott. charged with "forcible 
entry and intrusion" into the bounds of Sou- 
thertown in the Pequot country. He admit- 
ted he was upon the lands mentioned and had 
built a small house there. He and Sanders 
were committed to prison, both refusing to 
give bail for their appearance at general court, 
denying that Massachusetts had any juris- 
diction over them or the territory in which the 
house was built. They were committed to the 
Boston jail and kept there two years, finally 



being exchanged for two Massachusetts offi- 
cials taken in retaliation by the Rhode Island 
authorities. May 8, 1669, he was on a list 
of the inhabitants of Westerly. May 17, 1671,. 
he took the oath of allegiance. July, 1675, 
he and his family went to Newport on account 
of the Indian war, but later returned to \\'est- 
erly. May 17, i(3gi, he and wife Ruth sold 
one hundred acres of land for ten pounds. 
March 8, 1692. he made an agreement with 
his son-in-law, Joseph Crandall, by which the 
latter was to take care of his father-in-law and 
"find him with suitable meat, drink, washings 
lodging and apparel, etc., for life, in consid- 
eration of which Joseph Crandall was to have 
the dwelling house and land adjoining for- 
ever." He died October 25, 1692. He mar- 
ried, November 2, 1655, Ruth Hubbard, who 
was the first white child born in Springfield, 
Massachusetts, January 11, 1640, died 1691, 
daughter of Samuel and Tacy (Cooper) Hub- 
bard. Children: i. Robert, married Dorcas 
Lewis. 2. Hubbard, died 1758; married Han- 
nah Maxon, died 1752; children: Hubbard 
(2), Nathan, John and Ezekiel. 3. A son, 
died 1683. 4. Thomas, married (first) Mar- 
tha ; (second), February 9, 1738, Pene- 
lope Rhodes. 5. Naomi, married Jonathan 
Rogers; child, Content. 6. Ruth, married, in 
1682, John Phillips. 7. Benjamin, died in 

1741 ; married (first) Mary ; married 

(second) Mrs. Jane Shelley, a widow, died 
1748. He was a deacon of the Seventh Day 
Baptist Church. By first wife he had eight 
children: Mary, Rachel, Peter, Benjamin, 
John, David, William and Elisha. 8. Samuel, 
died 1756; was one of the thirty who pur- 
chased five thousand three hundred acres of 

"vacant lands." He married Mary , 

and had five children. 9. Tacy, died 1747; 
married Joseph Maxon, born 1672, died 1750; 
children : Joseph, John, Tacy, Mary, Judith, 
Ruth and Elizabeth. 10. Deborah, married 
Joseph Crandall, died September 12, 1737; 
children : John, Joseph, and a daughter. From 
this sturdy, conscience-guided ancestor, Rob- 
ert, sprang all the Burdicks who claim an 
early Rhode Island ancestry. The history of 
the Saratoga county family herein recorded 
begins with Daniel, a descendant of Robert 
Burdick, of Westerly. 

(\T) Daniel Burdick was born in Rhode 
Island, and settled in Saratoga county. New 
York, He married Nancy Lewis, in New 
London, Connecticut. Children: i. Pardon, 
died young. 2. Lewis, went west, all trace 
lost. 3. Mary, married Josiah Gibbs, lived in 
Michigan, and is buried there. 4. William, 

married (first) .Arnold, of Saratoga; 

married (second) Mary Pulling, of East Gal- 



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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



-vva\', New York. 5. Truman, married Pa- 
tience Webb, of Greenfield, Saratoga county. 
6. Frank, married Susan Tabor, of Benedict 
Corner, Fulton county, New York. 7. Peleg, 
see forward. 

(MI) Peleg, youngest child of Daniel and 
Nancy (Lewis) Burdick, was born in the town 
■of Galway, Saratoga county, New York, Sep- 
tember 30, 1826, died December 28, 1894, in 
the same town. He was educated in the town 
schools, and was still a young man when he 
•engaged in agricultural pursuits in Galway. 
He owned a farm in the town which he opera- 
ted until seven years before his death, when 
Tie retired to the village of Galway. He was 
a prominent man of Galway ; was an active 
Democrat, and a leader of that party in his 
town, holding many local offices. He married 
(first) August 26, 1849, Louisa Clark, of Gal- 
way, daughter of William V. and Mary J. 
Clark, who bore him a daughter, Mary Am- 
elia, November 4, 1851. She died in 1890 
after her marriage to Allen S. Glenn, a sol- 
dier of the civil war. Peleg Burdick mar- 
ried (second) March 21, i860, Clarissa More- 
house, born June 13, 1840, who yet survives 
him (1910). She is a daughter of William 
and Rhoda (Monroe) Morehouse, of Galway, 
and granddaughter of Caleb Morehoiue, born 
February i, 1767; married. May 7, 1794, 
Rhoda Peck. Children of Caleb and Rhoda 
(Peck) Morehouse: i. Ransom, born June 
5, 1795, died November 24, 1824. 2. Carlton, 
December 11, 1797, died April 7, 1855. 3. 
Erastus, October 19, 1800, died August 26, 
1857. 4. Orrin, March 24, 1804, died April 
24, 1804. 5. Henry, June 30, 1805, died Feb- 
ruary 2, 1875. 6. William, August 17, 1812, 
•died March 22, 1884; married Rhoda, daugh- 
ter of Eliphalet and Rebekah (Nash) Mon- 
roe. Children of William and Rhoda More- 
house: Clarissa, born June 13, 1840, married 
Peleg Burdick. 2. Frances, November 30, 
1842, married John Waring. Children of Pe- 
leg and Clarissa (Morehouse) Burdick: i. 
Carrie Louise, born April 5, 1861 ; married 
George Herrick West, then of Galway, now 
•of Ballston Spa, New York. (See West 
VHL) 2. Scott M., May 6, 1863, died April 
12, 1865. 3. Frances, June 4, 1865. married, 
May 22, 1907, Thomas Chester Kelley, who 
■died April 7, 1908. She survives her husband 
and resides at Ballston Spa, New York. 
(Monroe Line). 

Rhoda Monroe, wife of William Morehouse, 
<lescended from Thomas Monroe, who came 
from England to l^lymouth, from there re- 
moved to Bristol, finally settling at Rehoboth, 
]\Iass. lie married and had a son John. 

(H) John, son of Thomas Monroe, was 



born in 1702, died April 11, 1793. He mar- 
ried Hannah, a granddaughter of Benjamin 
Church. In his will, proved in Rehoboth, 
Massachusetts, John mentions his widow and 
children. Comfort Bowen, Nathan, Rosbo- 
tham, Benjamin and John. 

(III) Rosbotham. son of John and Han- 
nah Monroe, was born 1731 or 1732, died 
in Galway, Saratoga county, New York, 1831. 
He was a farmer and land owner of Galway, 
his land lying in the northern part of the 
town. He married and had sons. 

(IV) Eliphalet, son of Rosbotham Monroe, 
was born August 16, 1769, died September 
26, 1848. He was a farmer of Galway, having 
the homestead acres. He married Rebekah 
Nash, born March 7, 1779, died 1853. Chil- 
dren : Clarissa, Willard, Fanny, Azor, John, 
Major, Rhoda, see forward, E. Lloyd and 
Hannah. 

(V) Rhoda, daughter of Eliphalet and Re- 
bekah (Nash) Monroe, was born September 
22, 1817. She married William Morehouse, 
August 8, 1839. Children : Clarissa and 
Frances. 

(VI) Clarissa, daughter of William and 
Rhoda (Monroe) Morehouse, was born June 
13, 1840; married i860, Peleg Burdick (see 
Burdick VII). 



The Morrows of Albany for 
MORROW half a century have been 
prominent in the professions. 
The family descend from a Virginia settler 
who was also early in the settlement of Ken- 
tucky and Ohio. 

(I) James Morrow was born in the north of 
Ireland, of Scotch and English parents. He 
was a young man when he came to America 
about 1770. He settled in Virginia. He mar- 
ried there Elizabeth Frame, born in Virginia 
where both died. They had issue including a 
son, James. 

(li) James (2), son of James (i) and 
Elizabeth (Frame) Morrow, was born in Vir- 
ginia, October 22, 1774. He grew to man- 
hood and was commonly known as Colonel 
Morrow, probably obtaining his title from 
service in the militia. He was a printer by 
trade. Soon after his marriage he removed 
to Kentucky, settling near the present city 
of Lexington. He there purchased a small 
newspaper outfit and started a paper called 
The Columbus Herald. After a short time he 
sold his paper and removed to Ohio, settling 
in Green county between Xenia and James- 
town. Here he again acquired newspaper in- 
terest and became well known as a writer and 
debater. He was ruling elder in the Associate 
Presbyterian church and was the author of 



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several tracts or addresses arguing and de- 
fending doctrinal points then under discus- 
sion. His home was at Massie's Creek near 
Xenia, Ohio, which included a large farm, 
well-improved and fertile. He married (first) 
in X'irginia, Anna Kyle, born in Pennsylvania, 
Aovember 27, 1779, died in Green county, 
Ohio, June 14, 182 1, daughter of Joseph and 
Catherine (Chambers) Kyle. He married 
(second) Alargaret (Anderson) Fulton, 
widow of Rev. Andrew Fulton, of Indiana; 
by her first husband she had children: ALir- 
^aret, Mary, Rev. Andrew (2) Fulton. By 
her second marriage no issue. Children of 
Colonel Morrow by first wife: i. Kittie, born 
in Clark county, Kentucky, April, 1802, died 
June 21, 1822, accidentally drowned. 2. 
James C, born April 2, 1804. 3. Eliza, born 
in Green county, Ohio, September 20, 1805, 
the first child born to her parents in Ohio, 
died young. 4. Mary, born February 8, 1807, 
died March 23, 1883. 5. Ann, born Decem- 
ber 10, 1808, died young. 6. Isabella, born 
August 24, 1810, died February 17, 1875 ; 
married and had issue. 7. Joseph, born April 
25, 1812. married but had no issue. 8. Robert, 
born April 18, 1814, married and had Albert, 
Arthur and a daughter. 9. Margaret J., born 
April 12, 1816. 10. Rev. Samuel F., of whom 
further. 11. Ruth, born May 10, 182 1, died 
June 21, 1821. 

(Ill) Rev. Samuel F. Morrow, youngest 
son of Colonel James (2) and Anna (Kyle) 
Morrow, was born on the home farm in Green 
county. Ohio, January 29, 1819, died January 
12, 1904. He was educated in the district 
schools and the Massie's Creek Academy, 
sometime called '"Dogwood" Academy. He 
was reared and intended for the ministry and, 
in fulfillment of the plans of his parents, was 
sent to Hanover College where he was gradu- 
ated in September, 1836. His alma mater con- 
ferred upon him the degree of D.D. in 1873. 
He was about eighteen years of age when he 
was graduated. After leaving college he 
taught for some years at Carmi, Illinois. In 
1841 he began the study of theology under 
the private instruction of the Rev. Andrew 
Heron, D.D. In 1842 he entered Canonsburg 
Seminary at Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, tak- 
ing the theological course, graduating in 1845. 
In June of that year he was licensed to jireach 
and in November, 1845. was ordained a min- 
ister of the Associate Presbyterian church, 
July I, 1846, he received calls at Cambridge, 
Florida and Albany, New York, accepting 
the last as its pastor, which church after- 
wards became a part of the United Presby- 
terian Church. (For the history of the con- 
solidation and establishment of the United 



Presbyterian church in Albany see Munsell's 
"Annals of Albany," in an article prepared by 
Rev. Samuel F. Morrow.) He was settled 
over the Albany congregation from July, 
1846, to July, 1886, a period of forty years, 
his only pastorate. He was a faithful minister 
of the Gospel, a pulpit orator of pleasing ad- 
dress and convincing manner. He was strong 
on doctrinal p<iints, yet mindful of the rights 
of others and courteous to an opponent. He 
was a well-beloved pastor and dear to the 
hearts of his parishioners. He was honored 
by the general synod ,of his church and re- 
ceived many flattering testimonials of the high 
appreciation of his brethren in the ministry. 
His long years of service rendered him well- 
known in the city outside his own church. 

He married, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 
June 8, 1848, Mary Roseburgh, born in Pitts- 
burg, June 22, 1827, died November 16, 1886, 
in Albany, New York. She was a well-edu- 
cated woman and a devoted Christian, a 
daughter of Samuel Roseburgh, a contractor 
of Pittsburg, postmaster of that city, and 
a prominent member of the Presbyterian 
church of that city. He married Isabelle Mil- 
ler, also born in Pittsburgh, both died in the 
city of their birth, past fifty years of age. 

Samuel was son of , and Isabella Bruce 

(Miller) Roseburgh, the latter of Scotch an- 
cestry, members of the Covenanter faith. Chil- 
dren of Rev. Samuel F. Morrow: i. Dr. 
Samuel Roseburgh, was born in Albany. May 
6, 1849 ; graduated from Albany Academy in 
1866; Yale University, A.B., 1870, receiving 
A.M. from same in 1874. He was a tutor at 
Yale in Greek and Mathematics 1873-76; 
graduate from College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons of New York City, M.D., 1878: on the 
house staff of Hellevue Hospital, October, 
1877, to April, 1879: studied at London Hos- 
pital, Vienna IIos])ital and at Halle until 1880. 
He began the practice of medicine and sur- 
gery in Albany, 1880, and continues in his 
profession. He has been lecturer, adjunct pro- 
fessor and professor at Albany Medical Col- 
lege since 1881, subjects: .Vnatomy, surgery, 
general and orthopoedic : surgeon to St. Pe- 
ter's Hospital for Incurables ; .Albany Hospi- 
tal and Childs Hospital : a member of the 
State Medical and vice-president of .•\lbany 
County Medical societies, and a contributor to 
leading medical journals. He married Eliza- 
beth Gvvynne Hutchins. of distinguished rev- 
olutionary ancestry, (wlio served in both army 
and navy), daughter of Stephen C. (of Coop- 
erstown, New York), and Mary (Wiggins) 
Hutchins (of .Albany), and sister of Walter 
L. Hutchins, secretary to Mayor McEwan of 
Albany. Stephen C. Hutchins was on the edi- 



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torial staff at dift"erent times of the Albany 
Journal, Albany Argus and Rochester Chroni- 
cle and Democrat; he died in Albany, Febru- 
ary 22, 1883. Child of Dr. Samuel R. Mor- 
row : an adopted son, Sydney King, born Feb- 
ruary 8, 1892. 2. Anna, of whom further. 3. 
Isabella, born December 9, 1853, died Decem- 
ber 30, 1890, unmarried. A well educated 
woman of high character and a devoted Chris- 
tian. 4. Mary, born April 25, 1856, died 
March 27, 1858. 5. James Linton, born 
October 15, 1858; he is now in business in 
Pittsburg, and a man of education and promi- 
nence in that city. He married Anna Cope- 
land ; children : James Douglas, Mary Ade- 
line. 6. Jeanette R., born May 17. 1861, died 
May 3, 1863. 7. Alice, born May 30, 1863, 
died April 17, 1895 ; married Esek Bussey 
Williamson, of Troy, now deceased, son of 
Rev. Robert D. and Phoebe (Cruikshank) 
Williamson. Esek B. Williamson was promi- 
nent Troy man of the firm of Alexander and 
Williamson, jewelers. He was lieutenant of 
the One hundred and second New York Regi- 
ment, raised for service in Spanish-American 
war. 8. William, born August 13, died Au- 
gust 23, 1866. 

(IV) Anna, eldest daughter of Rev. Sam- 
uel F. and Mary (Roseburgh) Morrow, was 
born in Albany, New York, May 20, 1850. 
She was educated in the Albany Female 
Academy. She is a member of the United 
Presbyterian church over which her father 
was for so long the pastor. She is a woman 
of culture and refinement whose influence is 
always exerted for good, and one thoroughly 
appreciated by a large circle of warm friends. 



The Kenyon family is of rec- 
KENYON ord in Rhode Island as early 
as 1687, when John Kenyon's 
name appears on the tax list of Kingstown. 
The family was numerous in the state of 
Rhode Island, and marriage of the sons and 
daughters of the various branches are of fre- 
quent note in the records. 

John Kenyon, born 1657, died 1732, was 
the son of John, the emigrant, of whom noth- 
ing can be told. John (2) married and had 
a son John (3), born January, 1682, mar- 
ried July, 1704, Elizabeth Remington. 

(V) William Kenyon, born about 1755, 
was of the fifth generation including the emi- 
grant. Who he was the son of does not ap- 
pear in the records. He was evidently a 
grandson of John (3) and Elizabeth (Rem- 
ington) Kenyon, of Kingstown, Rhode Isl- 
and. He married Nancy Greene, born August 
17, 1761, died 1824, (laughter of Amos and 
Amy (Knowles) Greene. They lived in Rich- 



mond. Amos Greene was a great-grandson' 
of John Greene, the emigrant ancestor of 
North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1639. Chil- 
dren of William and Nancy (Greene) Ken- 
yon : Sally, William, Catherine, Jeremiah and 
Joseph. 

(VI) William (2), son of William (i) and 
Nancy (Greene) Kenyon, was born about the 
year 1785. He removed from Rhode Island 
and settled in what is now the town of Lu- 
zerne, Warren county. New York, then 
Washington county. He was a farmer and 
operated a small saw mill, most likely using 
the logs cut from his own lands. He married 
and had issue. 

(VII) Hiram, son of William (2) Kenyon,. 
was born in Luzerne, Warren county. New 
York, February 10, 181 1, died 1884. He grew 
to manhood in his native town, and was edu- 
cated in the public schools. He early became 
engaged in the lumber business, leaving home 
at the age of twenty years, paying his father 
one hundred dollars to release him from the 
remaining year of his minority. He first lo- 
cated in the town of Moreau, where he owned 
and operated a saw mill located just across the 
Hudson river opposite Sandy Hill. The man- 
ufactured lumber from his mill was floated 
across the river to the Glens Falls feeder of 
the Champlain canal, where it was carried 
away by boat to distant points. In 1846 he 
removed his plant, and residence to Sandy 
Hill, which was his home ever afterward. He 
was a successful business man and conducted 
operations that brought added prosperity to 
his village. His lumber yards and mills at 
Sandy Hill were extensive and up to the year 
of his retirement (1872) he was the most im- 
portant lumber merchant of the town. He 
dealt largely in timber lands as well as in 
manufacturing, and owned large tracts in 
Northern New York. He was a faithful mem- 
ber of the Presbyterian church of Sandy 
Hill, and was a Democrat in politics. 
He served as supervisor for two or 
three terms, but he was primarily a 
business man, public office having no 
attractions for him. He was well regarded 
in his community and his genial nature 
brought him a host of friends. He married 
Hannah .\. Griffin, bom in Queensbury, War- 
ren county. New York, January 3, 1813, died 
at Sandy Hill, January 6, 1900, daughter of 
Jonathan Griffin, born in Rhode Island, moved 
to the town of Queensbury at an early day 
and engaged in farming and milling of lum- 
ber. She was a devoted member of the Pres- 
byterian church until death. Qiildren: Syl- 
vanus Hill, see forward ; Hiram, born March 
16, 1838, died August 5, 1839; Norman 





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Schuyler. Augfiist 17, 1840, married Jean Mil- 
ler : children : Enid, Helena. J. Miller, Jean 
Hiram S.. July 23, 1842. married Jane Un- 
derhill : children : Minnie, Norma ; James R 
June 20. 1845. married Jane Fennell ; one son' 
Edward, deceased; Frederick. F., May 29' 
1848, married Jane O'Connor; children- Bet- 
sey, Hiram, Catherine; Caroline Elizabeth 
February lo, 1852, married Charles Skinner. 

(VIH) Sylvanus Hill, son of Hiram and 
Hannah A. (Griffin) Kenvon, was born in 
Chester, Warren county. New York, Novem- 
ber 14, 1834, died at Sandy Hill, Washinjrton 
county. New York. May 13, 1906. When a 
lad of twelve his parents removed to Sandy 
Hill, where he was educated in the public 
schools, later attending- Glens Falls Academy 
completing his studies at the Poultnev, \^er- 
mont, Academy. He early engag-ed'i'n the 
lumber business with his father,\vho in 1855. 
the year of his majority, admitted him as a 
partner to the lumber firm of Kenyon, Robin- 
son &- Company. This firm continued in ac- 
tive and successful operations until 1872. In 
that year Mr. Robinson died and the firm 
was dissolved. The entire plant and property 
was purchased by Sylvanus H. Kenyon and 
Wilham B. Baldwin, trading as Kenyon & 
Baldwin, who continued its operation until 
January i. 1894, when the Kenvon Lumber 
Company was incorporated as the'ir successor. 
IMr. Kenyon became general manager of the 
corporation. The business was enlarged to 
mclude lumber yards, steam saw planing and 
molding mills, sash, blind and door factory 
and grist mill. They transacted a very large 
business and prospered accordingly. Mr. 
Kenyon had other business interests in Sandy 
Hill and elsewhere. He was vice-president 
and manager of the Sandy Hill Power Com- 
pany, engaged in the manufacture of dry pulp 
used by the paper makers. During his 'active 
business life he did not neglect his duty as 
a citizen but gave freely of his time and ripe 
business experience to the concerns of his vil- 
lage. He took an unusual interest in the wel- 
fare of the Union school and served as treas- 
urer of the school for thirty-one years. He 
was always a loyal Democrat and was twice 
elected supervisor from a Republican district. 
He was well known, popular, and commanded 
the respect of his community. He was a lib- 
eral supporter of the Presbyterian church. He 
married, September 4, i860, Josephine, 
daughter of Joseph McFarland, of Sandy Hill, 
who was a native of Warren county. New 
York, born April 27. 1813. removed to Sandy 
Hill in 1848; active in town affairs and for 
thirty years an official of the Union school; 
a lumber dealer and mill owner. He was 



prominent in the Democratic partv. and for 
many years superintendent of the 'Champlain 
can^d. He married Lydia Ann Bull, and died 
in December, 1871, aged fifty-seven years 
leaving two children: Josephine (.Mrs 'Ken- 
yon) Livonia, born December i, 1842 mar- 
ried, in i86i, Henry E. Baker. Children of 
Sylvanus Hill and Jcsephine Kenvon: Anna 
A. born June 12, 1861 ; William M'arsh. mar- 
ried. October 7, 1890, Estella L. Shute. daugh- 
ter of H L. and Clara (Brown, Shute, of 
Minneapolis, Minnesota; child, Dorothy 
Louise, born January 27, 1892. 



r.Tr^'T^Tcr^^• ^^^'''y eleven centuries 
DICKINSON ago, there appeared at the 
,-. , ,, court of Halfdan Huilbein, 

King of Norway, a soldier of fortune named 
Ivar. He was said to have been originally 
a shepherd. One day he was captured by a 
roving band of Northmen and carried oflf. Af- 
ter a series of adventures he made his ap- 
pearance at the Norse King's Court about 
700. Being of handsome presence he became 
a favorite of the King, who made him a gen- 
eral of his army. Prince of the Uplands, ^and 
in 725 bestowed upon him in marriage his 
daughter Eurittea, the heiress of the realm 
King Halfdan died in 725, leaving his crown 
to his grandson Eystein, son of Ivar, who 
served as Regent during the King's minority. 
King Eystein reigned until 755 and left Har- 
old Harfgar. successor, and another son 
Rogenwald who left a son Rolf or Rollo, the 
most adventurous prince of his day, who over- 
ran Normandy in 910. His si.xth and young- 
est son, Walter, received the town and' castle 
of Caen as his inheritance. His great-grand- 
son, Walter de Caen, accompanied \VilIiam 
the Conqueror to England. To this nobleman 
the line of Dickinson descended from the emi- 
grant ancestor, Nathaniel, may be traced. The 
family name is found spelled with varying 
time, location, and circumstance in many ways 
de Kengon, Dykenson, Dvkonson, Diconson, 
Dickoson. Dickion, Dicka.son, Dickeison,' 
Dickingson, and Dickinson. From Walter de 
Caen, later Walter de Kengon (taking the 
name of his manor in Yorkshire, England) 
comes : 

(II) Johnne Dvkonson, freeholder. King-- 
ston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1260, 
IMargaret Lambert, and died 13 16. 

(HI) William Dykcn.son, freeholder, 
Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, died 13-50-31.' 
(I\') Hugh Dykensonne, freeholder, King- 
ston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, died 1376. 

(V) Anthoyne Dickensonne, freeholder, 
Kingston-upon-Hull. Yorkshire, married' 
1376, Catheryne De La Pole, and died 1396* 



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(VI) Richard Dickinson, freeholder, King- 
ston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1399, 
Margaret Cooper, died 1441. 

(\'II) Thomas Dickinson, freeholder, King- 
ston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, married, 1430, 
Margaret Lambert, a Kingston woman. He 
was alderman of Hull, England, from 1443 
to 1444, and mayor from 1444 to 14 — , and 
died 1475. 

(Vni) Hugh Dickinson, freeholder, re- 
moved to Kenson Manor, Yorkshire, married, 
145 1, Agnes Swillington, died 1509. 

(IX) William Dickinson, freeholder, of 
Kenson [Manor, Yorkshire, married, 1475, Isa- 
bel Langton, and died 1546. 

(X) John Dickinson settled in Leeds, York- 
shire, England. He married, 1499, Elizabeth 
Danby, was alderman 1525 to 1554, and died 
Jn 1554- 

(XI) William Dickinson settled at Brad- 
ley Hall, Staffordshire; married, in 1520, 
Rachel Kinge ; died in 1590. 

(XII) Richard Dickinson, of Bradley Hall, 
Staffordshire, married, in 1540, Eliza Bag- 
nail, and died in 1605. 

(XIII) Thomas Dickinson, clerk of Ports- 
mouth navy yard, England, from 1567 to 
1587; removed to Cambridge in 1587; mar- 
ried, 1567, Judith Carey, died 1590. 

(XIV) William Dickinson settled at Ely, 
Cambridge, and married, 1594, Sarah Stacey, 
of Ely, died 1628. 

(X\') Nathaniel Dickinson, the American 
ancestor, was born in Ely, Cambridge, Eng- 
land, in 1600. He married (first) in January 
1630, at East Bergolat, Suffolk, England, 
Anna, widow of Williani Gull. They came 
to Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1636-37, 
where Nathaniel became one of the leaders of 
the colony. He was town clerk in 1645, dep- 
uty to the general court in 1646-47. In 1649 
he removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, where 
he was admitted a freeman in 1661. He was 
the first recorder of the town, selectman, as- 
sessor, town magistrate, deacon of the church, 
member of the Hampshire troop, and on the 
first board of trustees of Hopkins Academy. 
He resided also for a few years at Hatfield. 
He died at Hadley, June 16, 1676. He mar- 
ried (second) Anne . Children, all by 

first wife: i. John, born in 1630, killed in King 
Philip's war. 2. Joseph, born in 1632, was 
slain in King Philip's war with Captain Beers ; 
married, September 4, 1675, Phebe Bracy. 3. 
Thomas, born 1634, married Hannah Crow. 
4. Anna, married (first) John Clarey ; (sec- 
ond) Enos Kingsley. 5. Samuel, born July, 
1638, married Martha Bridgeman. 6. Oba- 
diah, born April 15, 1641. 7. Nathaniel, born 
August, 1643, niarried (first) Hannah , 



(second) Mrs. Elizabeth Gillette. 8. Nehe- 
miah, born 1644, married Sarah Cowles. 9. 
Hezekiah, born February, 1646, married Abi- 
gail Blakeman. 10. Azariah, born October 4, 
1648, killed in the swamp fight, August 25, 
1675; married Dorcas . 

(XVI) Obadiah, son of Nathaniel "the 
Emigrant" and Anna (Gull) Dickinson, was 
born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, April 15, 
1641. He removed to Massachusetts with his 
parents and to Hatfield in 1659. His house 
was burned by the Indians in 1677, and he 
and his child carried to Canada. He returned 
the ne.xt year and settled in Wethersfield, 
Connecticut, where he died June 10, 1698. He 
held the military rank of sergeant. He mar- 
ried (first) in 1668, Sarah Beardsley ; (sec- 
ond) in 1692, Mehitable Hinsdale. Children 
by first wife: Sarah born 1670; Obadiah (2), 
1672; Daniel, 1674; Eliphalet, of further men- 
tion. Children by second marriage: Noadiah 
1694: Mehitable, 1696. 

(XVTI) Eliphalet, son of Obadiah and Sa- 
rah (Beardsley) Dickinson, was born in Hat- 
field, Massachusetts, in 1676. He returned, 
probably with his father, to Wethersfield, 
Connecticut, where he married November 24, 
1697, Rebecca, daughter of Jacob Brunson, 
who died May 2, 1755, aged seventy-six years. 
Children: Sarah, born November 8, 1698; 
Obadiah, of further mention; Eliphalet (2), 
August I, 1703; Rebecca, December 28, 1705; 
Eunice, July 22, 1708; Lois, August 18, 1710, 
died November 8, 1712; Eleazer, August 23, 
1712, married, April 20, 1737, Jemima Nott. 

(XVIII) Obadiah (2), son of Eliphalet 
and Rebecca (Brunson) Dickinson, was born 
in Wethersfield, Connecticut, August, 1702. 
He married, November 22, 1733, Hannah, 
born June 20, 1708, daughter of Joseph and 
Mary Rockwell, of Norwalk, Connecticut. 
Joseph, was the son of John (2) Rockwell, of 
Stamford, Connecticut, son of John (i) and 
Elizabeth (Weed) Rockwell, the founders of 
tliis branch of the Rockwell family in Amer- 
ica. John (i) Rockwell was one of the first 
settlers of Stamford, Connecticut, where his 
name appears December 7, 1641, when he 
received his home lot and two acres of 
ground. Obadiah and Hannah resided in 
Middletovvn, Connecticut, until the birth of 
their fourth child, then removed to the town 
of Wethersfield, where they lived and died in 
Stepney Parish, Rocky Hill. He died April 
23, 1782, and she May 23, 1781. Children: 
Lois, born October 28, 1734, married and 
died before her parents: Elias, of further 
mention; Elizabeth, November 19, 1736, mar- 
ried Galpin ; Obadiah, May 2, 1739, 

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24, 1745, died unmarried September 26, 1810. 

(XIX) Ellas, son of Obadiali (2) and 
Hannah (Rockwell) Dickinson, was born 
about 1735. He married Ruth Savage, of 
W'ethersfield, December 25, 1766. and resided 
at Rocky Hill. Children: Lois, born August 
2. 1-68; Harvey, of further mention: Rock- 
well, November 18, 1771 ; Seth, June 8, 1774; 
Sallv, September 19, 1776; Burrage, July 4, 
1779: Elias (2), July 18, 1782. While the 
Connecticut revolutionary rolls do not contain 
the military service of Elias Dickinson, they 
do of Elias Dicky. In the sixth census, taken 
in 1840, the name of Mary Dickin.son, aged 
eighty-eight years, is returned from the town 
of Wethersfield, Connecticut, as a revolution- 
ary pensioner. There is a strong probability 
that she is Mary (Savage) Dickinson and 
was in receipt of her pension on account of 
the military service of her husband, Elias 
Dickinson. 

(XX) Harvey, son of Elias and Mary 
(Savage) Dickinson, was born at Rocky Hill, 
Connecticut. March 29, 1770, died in Raleigh, 
South Carolina, 1822. He married, October 
7. 1792, Hannah Grimes, died at Rocky Hill, 
September i. 183 1, daughter of Alexander, 
son of Hezekiah, son of Joseph, son of Henry 
Grimes. Joseph and Ruth (Stebbins) Grimes 
are the progenitors of the Rocky Hill family. 
He was a wealthy farmer, his estate inven- 
torying about one thousand pounds, which lie 
devised to all of his seven living children. 
Children of Harvey and Hannah Dickinson : 
Rockwell, died at sea, September. 1824, aged 
twenty-two years : William, lost at sea, Sep- 
tember, 1823, aged nineteen years ; Elias, died 
in Mississippi, 1837, aged thirty years ; Mary 
died May 24, 1830, aged twenty-two years ; 
Susan, died October 8, 1826, aged twelve 
vears: Harvey (2). 

(XXI) Harvey (2), son of Harvey (i) 
and Hannah (Grimes) Dickinson, was born in 
Rocky Hill, Stepney Parish, town of Wethers- 
field, Connecticut, died at Hartford, Connec- 
ticut, October 28. 1865. He married (first) 
October i, 1824, Rachel, born November 18, 
1806, died August 19, 1845. daughter of Jesse 
and Rachel (Studley) Stoddard, of Wethers- 
field and Great Harrington, Massachusetts ; 
married (second) September 22, 1847, Jane 
A. Allison, who died June, 1882. Children of 
first marriage: i. William, deceased. 2. Sa- 
rah, born January 10. 1827: married January 
24. 1853, Lazarus Barrell. 3. Henry, de- 
ceased. 4. Frances, deceased. 5. William, 
born October 6, 1833, died October 15, 1870. 
6. Caroline, deceased. 7. Frank, born August 
2, 1836; married (first) September 6, 1865, 
Laura M. Beaumont; married (second) Feb- 



ruary 20, 1883, Malinda Teiuiey. 8. Robert, 
deceased. 9. Ellen Stoddard, born September 
22, 1843. ID. Infant, deceased. Children by 
second marriage: 11. Alida, born September 
6, 1848; married, February 7, 1887, William 
H. Roberts. 12. Susan, born February 9. 1851, 
died July 17, 1889. 13. Harry, borii October 
24, 1852. 14. Frederick, born October 24, 
1855. 

(XXII) Ellen Stoddard, daughter of Har- 
vey (2) and Rachel (Stoddard) Dickinson, 
was born in Hartford, Connecticut, September 
22, 1843. She married (first) June 20, 1866, 
Robert Henry White, born I\Tarch 3. 1834, 
died in Hudson, New York, April 5, 1896, 
son of Joseph and Bathsheba (Hammond) 
White. Robert H. White was a hardware 
merchant of Hudson, a member of the Uni- 
versalist church, and a Democrat. Children 
I. Cora D., married, November 30. 1887, 
James Lawther, born September 3, 1868, died 
March 30, 1888 ; no issue. 2. Arthur H., born 
January 2, 1872, at Hudson, New York, died 
in California, February 21, 1905; he was con- 
nected with United States embassy to China 
as deputy consul at Shanghai. 3. Bertha M., 
born in Hudson. Robert H. White was sur- 
vived by his widow who married (second) 
Cornelius Henrv Evans, who died Marcli 5, 
1902. 

(The Stoddard Line). 

"Arthur's Etymological Dictionary of Fam- 
ily and Christian names" says, concerning the 
origin of this name that there is a tradition 
that the first of the family came to England 
with William the Conqueror, as standard 
bearers to Viscomte De Pulesdon, a noble 
Norman, and that the name is derived from 
the office of a standard bearer and was an- 
ciently written De Le Standard, corrupted to 
Stodard or Stodart. In Wethersfield, Con- 
necticut, records, the name frequently appears 
as Stodder, Stoder, Stodker, Studder and 
Stoddard. 

(I) John Stoddard, born about 1620 in 
England, was an early settler in Wethersfield, 
and was a juror, March 2, 1643. I" '^39 'le 
was called "Sergeant." He figures in the 
court records both as plaintiflf and defendant. 
He married. 1642, Mary, daughter of Nathan- 
iel and Elizabeth (Deming) Foote, and died 
at Wethersfield, December, 1664. He was a 
well-to-do farmer and left an estate of four 
hundred pounds. He had seven children of 
whom John (2) was the oldest son and second 
child. 

(II) John (2), son of John (i) and Eliza- 
beth (Foote) Stoddard, was born April 12, 
1646, will dated November 30, 1703, inven- 
tory dated January 10, 1704, amounted to 



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seven hundred and twenty-five pounds. He 
married, Alay 26, 1674, Elizabeth, daughter 
of Thomas Curtis. They had nine children 
of whom Jonathan was the seventh. 

(III) Jonathan, son of John (2) and Eliza- 
beth (Curtis) Stoddard, was born in Wethers- 
field, Connecticut, died August 31, 1757. He 
is named in his father's will (1703) as a mi- 
nor. He married (first) in 1717, Abigail, 
daughter of Colonel Meph and Sarah (Sat- 
terlee) Wickham, married (second) Esther 

, a widow. He had six children of 

whom Zebulon was the eldest. 

(IV) Zebulon, son of Jonathan and Abi- 
gail (Wickham) Stoddard, was baptized in 
1717. He removed to Litchfield, Connecticut, 
where his children were born. He married, 
March 21, 1745, Abigail Hun. He died Feb- 
ruary 19, 1 76 1, and she married (second) 
Hezekiah Atwood. He had seven children 
of whom Joseph was the second and eldest 
son. 

(V) Joseph, son of Zebulon and Abigail 
(Hun) Stoddard, was born August 21, 1747, 
died 1792. He lived at Wethersfield where 
his children were born. He married, June 
23, 1768, Mary Fuller, who was baptized and 
joined the church, June 26, 1774. six years 
after her marriage. They had eleven children 
of whom Jesse was the tenth. 

(VI) Jesse, son of Joseph and Mary (Ful- 
ler) Stoddard, was born April 14, 1789. He 
married (second) Rachel Studley. 

(VTI) Rachel, daughter of Jesse and Ra- 
chel (Studley) Stoddard, married Harvey (2) 
Dickinson, (see Dickinson XXI). 



The De Graffs were among 
DE GRAFF the early settlers of Schenec- 
tady, and were as a family 
distinguished in public life and highly-re- 
garded in their several communities. They 
were connected by marjiage with the Vis- 
schers and other prominent families of the 
valley. Colonel Frederick Visscher, the rev- 
olutionary hero and victim of the savage 
scalping knife, married Gazcna De Graff, of 
Schenectady, and lived at beautiful "Danas- 
cara Place," his country seat and latter day 
home of the De Graff family herein recorded. 
The founders of the family in the Mohawk 
Valley were Andries De Graff, who was of 
New Amsterdam in 1661, and Jan Andriese, 
his son, who was in Albany as early as 1655. 
(II) Claas Andriese, son of Andries De 
Graff, died about 1697. He was an early 
settler of Schenectady. He lived in Glen- 
ville, at the "Hoek." He married Elizabeth, 
daughter of William Brouwer, of Albany ; she 
died in 1723. Children: Abraham, Isaac, Ant- 



je, Sara, Elizabeth, Eva, Margarita, Jesse, see 
forward, Andriese, Rebecca, Claas. 

(III) Jesse, son of Claas Andriese and 
Elizabeth (Brouwer) De Graff, was born in 
Glenville, Schenectady county, New York. It 
is said he was carried away captive to Canada 
by the French and Indians, but afterward re- 
turned. He married Aaltje (Adeline and 
Adela) Hennions in New York, October 20, 
1705. Children : Claas, baptized December 25, 
1706; Daniel, see forward; Elizabeth, Anna, 
Aaltje, Marytje (Mary), Catharine, Saartje 
(Sarah), Alida, Eva, Rachel, baptized June 
29, 1729. 

(IV) Daniel, son of Jesse and Aaltje 
(Hennions) De Graff, was baptized May 26, 
1708, died March 12, 1790. He married Ga- 
zena, daughter of Simon Swits, June 26, 1735. 
She died January 22, 1801, aged eighty-eight 
years. Children : Daughter, died unbaptized ; 
Susanna, married Andreas Truax ; Jesse, died 
in infancy ; Gazena. married Colonel Frederick 
Visscher : son, died unbaptized ; Jesse, bap- 
tized January 13, 1745; Alida, married Jo- 
hannes Vedd'er ; Simon, born April 6, 1753 ; 
Elizabeth, died in infancy ; Isaac, see forward. 

(V) Judge Isaac De Graff, son of Daniel 
and Gazena (Swits) De Graff, was born in 
Schenectady, New York, November 16. 1757. 
He was a man of prominence, a devoted pa- 
triot, and served in the revolutionary army, 
holding the rank of major. He was a friend 
of Lafayette, who administered to him the 
oath of office prescribed by congress. After 
the close of the war he returned to Schenec- 
tady, where he was appointed judge of the 
court of common pleas, holding that office 
during the greater part of the remaining 
years. He died December 21, 1844, just hav- 
ing passed his eighty-eighth birthday. He 
married Susanna, died March 14, 1829, aged 
sixty-eight years, daughter of Jan Baptist Van 
Eps. Children: i. Daniel, born June 16, 
1780, died young. 2. Annetjc, died young. 
3. John I., born October 2, 1783; during the 
war of 1812 he rendered the United States 
government patriotic service in advancing 
money to equip the fleet on Lake Champlain 
that later defeated the British fleet. He rep- 
resented his district in congress for two terms 
and was honored by President Van Buren 
with the offer of port of folios, secretary of 
the treasury, which he declined. He was one 
of the organizers of the Mohawk & Hudson 
railroad, the first railroad ever built in Amer- 
ica ; was a successful merchant, and several 
times mayor of Schenectady. 4. Jesse, died 
young. 5. Gazena, born January 13, 1788; 
married Abraham Oothout. 6. Neeltje, bom 
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Philadelphia. 7. Susanna, born February 12, 
T792, died young. 8. Susanna (2), born May 
-9- 1793; married Pieter Banckee ; died June 
29, 1855. 9- Annetjie (Nancy), married Cap- 
tain Philip R. Toll, of the prominent Toll 
family of Schenectady, a physician; served 
with distinction in the war of 1812 as cap- 
tain of artillery ; they removed to Fawn River, 
Michigan, where their son, Isaac R. Toll, be- 
came a distinguished public man. 10. Jesse, 
see forward. 

(\T) Judge Jesse (2) De Grafif, youngest 
son of Isaac and Susanna (Van-Eps) De 
Graff, was born in Schenectady, New York, 
January 9, 1801. He was graduated from 
Union College, and studied law with .Alonzo 
C. Paige of that city. He was admitted to 
the bar, and removed to Albany where his pro- 
fessional career was marked with honor and 
success. He was appointed judge of the court 
of common pleas for Albany and was a wise 
and impartial judge. After retiring from the 
bench he busied himself with the care and 
improvement of his large estate inherited by 
his wife. He made the old Visscher mansion 
his home and entertained lavishly, their home 
becoming a social center. He died August 
4, 1868. and is buried in Rural Cemetery, 
Schenectady, by the side of his wife. Fie 
married, August 10, 1830, Gazena Catherine, 
only child of Frederick Herman Msscher, 
who was son of Colonel Frederick \''isscher, 
■of revolutionary fame. Children : Susan, mar- 
ried \\'illiam Fainham, of Troy ; Charles Her- 
man, died early; Alfred, see forward; Isaac 
Howard, died young. 

(\TI) Alfred, only surviving son of Judge 
Jesse (2) and Gazena Catherine (Visscher) 
De Graff to survive youthful years, was born 
.at the old home. "Danascara Place," New 
York. He inherited "Danascara Place" and 
was the fifth generation in ownership of the 
beautiful estate on the Danascara creek. The 
property lies in the town of Mohawk, Mont- 
gomery county, three miles east of Fonda. He 
reconstructed and enlarged the mansion and 
added modern improvements, adorned the in- 
terior with valuable pictures, other works of 
art and a choice library. Among the relics 
and heirlooms preserved there was a silver 
dollar that had then been in the family one 
hundred and fifty years and is still preserved, 
having been a family possession for two cen- 
turies. Mr. Dc Graff lived the life of a coun- 
try gentleman and the management of his es- 
tate was his only business. He married, Oc- 
tober 14, 1869, Anna, only daughter of Cor- 
nelius Phillips, of the town of Florida, Mont- 
gomery county, who died in 1865, proprietor 
•of the Phillips farm settled on originally by 



his grandfather, Cornelius Phillips, who was 
killed at the battle of Oriskany. His son Wil- 
liam was the next proprietor and he handed it 
down to his son Cornelius, father of Anna, 
wife of Alfred De Graff. Children: Edith, 
married Fred S. 1 laslett ; Howard A., see for- 
ward ; Florence, unmarried. 

(VIII) Howard A., only son of Alfred and 
Anna (Phillips) De Graff, was born at "Da- 
nascara Place," town of Mohawk, Montgom- 
ery county, New York. He received his early 
education in the public schools, prepared for 
college at Union Classical Institute, entered 
Union University, where he graduated, class 
of 1899. .\fter leaving college he engaged 
in the banking business in Fonda. He is vice- 
president of the Fultonville National Bank 
and director of the Glen Telephone Company. 
He is a member of the Dutch Reformed 
church. He is a member of Fultonville Lodge, 
Free and Accepted Masons, and his college 
fraternity is Alpha Delta Phi. He married 
Elizabeth K., born September 15, 1884, 
daughter of James L. Northrup, of Johns- 
town, and granddaughter of Charles M. Knox. 



This branch of the Parker 
PARKER family in New York state de- 
scends from Alexander Parker, 
a native of the north of Ireland, where he 
married and has issue. 

(II) William Henry, son of Alexander 
I'arker, was born in the north of Ireland, 
where he grew to manhood. The family were 
members of the Presbyterian church in which 
faith William H. was reared. He was as- 
sociated with the organization of Orange men 
and in full sympathy with his Protestant 
brethren. He came to the United States, and 
settled in Hudson, Columbia county. New 
York. He had little capital, but by close econ- 
omy managed to get a small sum saved with 
which he purchased a team and did general 
teaming. He soon became engaged in the 
ice business, teaming during the day for 
others, hauling and storing his ice at night. 
In this way he soon became well established 
and continued a most successful career, dying 
possessed of a large estate. He was not only 
a man of great industry, but of unusual busi- 
ness ability as well. He was upright and hon- 
orable in his business dealings, holding the 
respect and confidence of his townsmen. He 
continued his membership in tlie Presbyterian 
churcii until death, and affiliated with the Re- 
publican party. Me married (first) .Agnes 
McKague. Children: i. Phoebe, died in 
1907 ; married .Albert I.amsure. 2. John, de- 
ceased. 3. Annie, resides in Chicago, Illi- 
nois ; widow of John Lee ; children : Henry, 



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HUDSON AND ]\IOHAWK VALLEYS 



Alice, John, Benjamin and Alexander. 4. 
Samuel 1\L, of further mention. He married 
(second) Ellen Maney. Children: 5. William 
H. 6. Edward M. 

(HL) Samuel McKague, fourth and young- 
est child of William Henry and Agnes (Mc- 
Kague) Parker, was born in Hudson. New 
York, where he died January 13, 1908. He 
was educated in the public schools and at 
Hudson Academy. After finishing his stud- 
ies he was engaged with his father in the 
ice business until the retirement of the lat- 
ter, when in company with his brother John 
he succeeded to the business to which they 
added a coal yard. The brothers continued in 
business as partners until the death of John 
Parker, when Samuel M. continued alone un- 
til his death in 1908. He was a prosperous 
and efficient man of business and possessed 
of considerable real estate in his city. He 
adhered to the family religion and was a con- 
sistent member of the Presbyterian church of 
Hudson. In political belief he affiliated with 
the Democratic party. He was a member of 
the Masonic order and of the Fraternal Or- 
der of Eagles. 

Mr. Parker married, in Hudson, Eliz- 
abeth Frances, daughter of Allen J. Race, of 
Hudson. Children : i. Allen J., born in Hud- 
son where he is engaged in the livery busi- 
ness ; married Mary Powers. 2. Edith May, 
married William H. Clapp, of Hudson, con- 
nected with the office of the county clerk of 
Hudson county ; child, Dorothy Elizabeth. 3. 
Ada Ella. 4. Hilda Belle. Allen J. Race, 
father of Elizabeth Frances (Race) Parker, 
was born in the north of Ireland in the same 
parish the Parkers lived. He married Sa- 
mantha, daughter of William H. and Frances 
(White) Tunner, and had issue. He was the 
son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Race, who for 
many years kept the old tavern on the turn- 
pike between Humphreyville and Greenport, 
called the "Race Inn." This was a famous 
and popular resort where many dances and 
suppers were given in the early days. 



Of the parentage, birthplace, 
BROWN and early history of Chad 

Brown nothing definite seems 
to he now known. Accompanied by his wife, 
Elizabeth, and son John, then eight years old, 
and perhaps his younger sons, he emigrated 
from England in the ship "Martin," which ar- 
rived in Boston, Massachusetts, July, 1638. 
He did not long remain in Massachusetts, but 
soon removed to Providence, Rhode Island, 
where he at once became a leader in the col- 
ony and one of its most valued citizens. In 
the north burial ground stands a stone marked 



In memory of 

CHAD B R O W N 

Elder of the Baptist church in 

tliis town. 

He was one of the original proprietors of 

the Providence Purchase, 

Having been exiled from Massachusetts 

for conscience sake. 

He had five sons, 

JOHN, JAMES, JEREMIAH, CHAD and 

DANIEL, 

who have left a numerous posterity. 

He died about A.D. 1665. 

This monument 

was erected by the town of 

Providence. 

Descendants of Chad Brown have been con- 
spicuous in early and subsequent Rhode Isl- 
and history. They have served the colony and 
state in every public capacity including the 
high office of governor. Brown L^niversity 
owes not only its name, but its early life to- 
the family generosity. John and Moses- 
Brown had much to do in founding the free 
school system in Providence. They were suc- 
cessful business men in each generation and 
equally prominent in the chuifh and the pro- 
fessions. Far beyond the confines of Rhode 
Island they have scattered and made honored 
names. The Browns of Coxsackie descend' 
through Daniel Brown. 

(11) Daniel, fifth and youngest son of Chad 
and Elizabeth Brown, may have been borm 
after the family arrived in America. He was- 
a resident of Providence, but died while tem- 
porarily at Newport, September 29, 1710. He 
married, December 25, i66g, Alice, bom 1652, 
died after 1718, daughter of Benjamin and' 
Elizabeth (White )Hearnden, Daniel Brown 
was a fanner living "on the neck." Children : 
I. Judah, of further mention. 2. Jabez, of 

Providence, married .Ann . 3. Sarah, born 

October 10, 1677, died after 1744: married^ 
April 4, 1700, married Thomas Angell, ances- 
tor of James B. Angell, graduate of Brown 
University, now editor of Providence Daily 
Journal; president of the University of Ver- 
mont ; president of the University of Michi- 
gan ; United States minister to China ; was 
appointed by President Cleveland a member 
of the commission to consider questions con- 
nected with the United States right of 
fishing in waters adjacent to Canada 
and Newfoundland. 4. Jeremiah, a 
brickmaker and innkeeper of Smithfield, 
Rhode Island : married, December 8, 
1715, Sarah Tucker. 5. Hallelujah, died 
1771 ; married, August 31, 1702, James Olney, 
and had eight children, one of whom ; Mary, 
married .Arthur Fenner. She was a won- 
derful woman. Her husband was sickly for 
manv vcars and iinalilc to t\o business. Site- 




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Cfam .JJ/'own 




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'577' 



acquired and continued the business and kept 
the family of twelve children in affluence. Her 
eleventh child, Arthur Fenner, was the popu- 
lar governor of Rhode Island, 1790- 1805. His 
son, James Fenner, was elected governor 
1807-11, re-elected in 1824, serving until 1831, 
elected again 1842, serving until 1844. He 
was United States senator from 1805 to 1807, 
resigning to become governor. 6. Hosanna, 
married Mary Hawkins. 7. Jonathan. 8. 
Daniel (2), a cooper of Providence; married 
Mary Sprague. 

(HI) Judah, eldest soti of Daniel and Alice 
(Hearnden) Brown, died January 18, 1734. 
He lived in Providence and Scituate, Rhode 

Island. He married Hannah , who 

died after 1745. Children: Joseph, Deborah. 
Abigail, David, Hannah, Elisha, Phoebe. 

(IV) Joseph, eldest son of Judah and Han- 
nah Brown, was born in Rhode Island. He 
settled in the town of Malta, Saratoga county, 
Xew York, where he died aged about eighty 
years. He married a Miss Chase and had 
issue. 

(V) Josiah, son of Joseph and ■ 

(Chase) Brown, was born in Malta, Xew 
York, 1800, died June 22, 1888. He married 
(first) Betsey Ashley; (second) Ruth Pettit. 

(VI) Hiram, son of Josiah and Betsey 
(Ashley) Brown, was born in Malta. Sara- 
toga county. New York, September 20, 1830, 
died at Coxsackie, Greene county. New York, 
June 13, 1900. 

Hiram Brown was educated in the pub- 
lic schools where he acquired a good knowl- 
edge of the English branches. He tauglit 
school for two years, and then removed to 
New York, where he was clerk in a grocery 
store. In 1856 he made permanent location 
in Coxsackie, first engaging in coal trade, later 
in a general lumber business. He was an 
energetic, prosperous man of business and 
stood well in his community. He was a strong 
supporter of the cause of Prohibition, and to 
its upbuilding devoted much time and money. 
For forty years he was a devoted member 
of the Methodist Episcopal church, serving on 
the official board and as superintendent of the 
Sunday school. He was not a mere money 
maker, but devoted himself in a large degree 
to the service of his brethren. His life teemed 
with kindly deeds and he left a well-cherished 
memory. 

He was married December 25, 1854, to 
Phoebe, born January 16, 1836. daughter of 
Richard F. and Elizaljeth (Gritman) Buck- 
bee, of Dutchess county, New York, (see 
P.uckbee IV). She survives her husband and 
lives a qm'ct life in her Coxsackie home. She 
has no children. 



(The Buckbec Line). 

This family settled first in Westchester and' 
Dutchess counties, New York. Their origin 
is difficult to determine as the name is evi- 
dently a corrupted form of another surname. 
The Bockee family of Dutchess county have 
as branches claiming common origin, Buckey, 
Bocke, Bowker, Bockes and Barikes. The 
surname Buckbee may come from a descend- 
ant of Matthias Buquet. The first of mention 
in Dutchess county annals is Israel Buckbee, 
of Stanford, horn about 1740, died 1820. Ten 
of the name Buckbee served in the revolution 
from New York state, but the family identi- 
fication is impossible. Israel had sons. 

(II) John, son of Israel Buckbee, of Stan- 
ford, Dutchess county, New York.died 1821. 
He married Nancy Cole. His descendants 
settled in the town of Chatham, Columbia 
county. New York. 

(II) Richard, son of Israel Buckbee, was 
born in Stanford, Dutchess county. New York, 
about 1780. He continued his residence in 
Stanford, until 1837, when he removed to- 
Washington county, New York, settling near 
Sandy Hill. He later removed to Saratoga 
county. New York, where he died in 1848. 
He married Phoebe Boyce. 

(HI) Richard Ferguson, son of Richard 
and Phoebe (Boyce) Buckbee, was born in 
Dutchess county. New York, 1808. died in 
Coxsackie, Greene county. New York, 1874. 
He was educated in the public schools, .-\fter 
the removal to Saratoga and Washington 
counties, where he followed the occupation of 
a farmer, he finally located in Coxsackie where 
he engaged in the lumber business, continu- 
ing until his death in 1874. He married Eliz- 
abeth Gritman, and had two children: i. El- 
zada. married Gilbert Fitchett, and had' 
one daughter, Julia F.. wife of Dr. .A. Beach 
and has one son, Richard B., married Claribel 
Newberry. 2. Phoebe, see forward. 

(IV) Phoebe, daughter of Richard F. and 
Elizabeth (Gritman) Buckbee, was born Janu- 
ary 16, 1836, married, December 25, 1854, 
Hiram Brown, Ixirn 1830, died 1900 (see 
Brown \I). 



The ancestor of this 
P.\TTERSON branch of the Patterson 

family in America was 
James Patterson, born in Scotland about 
1633. He was one of the prisoners of war 
taken by Cromwell, probably at the battle of 
Worcester, September 3, 1651. These prison- 
ers were sold as lx)nal ser\ants by the English 
government and a large number of them were 
sent to New England in the ship "John and' 
Sarah" of LnndDn, Captain John Green, Mas- 



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HUDSON AND xMOHAWK X'ALLEYS 



ler. They embarked November 6, 1651, sailed 
about November 14, 1651, and arrived at Bos- 
ton in tlie May following. In 1658 James 
Patterson was a resident of Billerica, Massa- 
chusetts, where he received a grant of land 
from the town followed by sixteen other 
grants issued between the years of 1658 and 
1685. He was admitted a freeman, April 18, 
1690. At a meeting of the selectmen and 
committee held October 8, 1675, an order 
from the honorable council sent them was 
read "twelve garrison's were formed in Bil- 
lerica." "They appoint James Paterson's 
house for garrison, etc." His will was dated 
May 12, 1701, and he died in Billerica, July 
14, 1701, aged about sixty-eight years. He 
married. May 29, 1662, Rebecca Stevenson, 
before married to Thomas Dantforth, Esq. 
She was born about 1642, daughter of An- 
drew Stevenson, of Cambridge, Massachu- 
setts. Children : Mary, James, Andrew, John, 
Joseph, Rebecca, James and Jonathan. 

(H) Andrew, son of James and Rebecca 
(Stevenson) Patterson, born in Billerica, 
Massachusetts, April 4, 1672, was a mariner 
and tradition says "was lost at sea." He 
was alive March 27, 1707, as appears by deeds. 
He married, 1697, Elizabeth Kebbe, of 
Charlestown, Massachusetts. She died in 
Reading, Massachusetts, June, 1738. Child: 
James. 

(HI) James (2), son of Andrew and Eliza- 
beth (Kebbe) Patterson, was born in Med- 
ford, Massachusetts, October 5, 1707, died at 
Princeton, Massachusetts, May 4, 1766. He 
was a blacksmith and in 1730 purchased a 
homestead in Sudbury where he resided till 
1763, he later was of Princeton where he died. 
He married, October 14, 1730, Lydia, born 
in Lexington, daughter of Deacon Jonathan 
and Abigail (Reed) Fisk. Children: Jona- 
than, David, Andrew. 

(IV) .'\ndrew (2), son of James (2) and 
Lydia (Fisk) Patterson, was born in Sud- 
bury, Massachusetts, April 14, 1742. He later 
lived in Princeton and then removed farther 
west. He married (first) in Worcester, Mas- 
sachusetts, October 21, 1761, Elizabeth Bond, 
who died September 13, 1772, aged thirty- 
six years. He married (second) Mrs. Anne 
Russell, a widow. Children of first wife: Sa- 
rah, James, died young. Children of second 
wife: David and perhaps others. 

(V) David, son of Andrew (2) and .\nne 
(Russell) Patterson, was born in Sudbury, 
Massachusetts, August 31, 1778. He married 
and had a son Levi. 

(\'I) Levi, son of David Patterson, was 
born in Princeton, Massachusetts, in 1800, 
<lie<l in Ohio. He removed to Ohio where he 



was postmaster and a man of prominence. He 
married Abigail Chapin, of the Massachusetts 
Chapin family, so largely interested in the 
Boston and Albany railroad. Children: Au- 
gusta, who married Theodore Kline, and Da- 
vid Chapin. 

f\'II) David Chapin, son of Levi and Abi- 
gail (Chapin) Patterson, was born at Mt. 
Washington, Massachusetts, February 17, 
1829, died August 2, 1907, at Newark, New 
Jersey. He resided in Hudson, New York, 
where he was engaged as a contractor. Dur- 
ing the civil war he enlisted in the Forty- 
ninth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer In- 
fantry, and served in the quartermaster's de- 
partment for one year. He was a Democrat 
in politics, and a Universalist in religious be- 
lief. He married Catherine Ann Doty, eighth 
child of Samuel and Elizabeth (Sanford) 
Doty, of North Egremont, Massachusetts, 
later of Milan, New York, where Catherine 
Ann was born, a direct descendant of Edward 
Doty, who came in the "Mayflower," and 
his wife. Faith (Clarke) Doty. The descent 
is through Isaac, fifth son and seventh child 
of Edward and Faith, who lost his father 
when he was six years of age. Isaac settled 
at Oyster Bay, Long Island, where he owned 
a great amount of land. He married Eliza- 
beth England and had six children. Their 
son Samuel, born at Oyster Bay, married 
Charity, daughter of Jarvis Mudge, and had 
eight children. Their son Charles, born at 
Oyster Bay, about 1730, removed to the town 
of Clinton, now Hyde Park. Dutchess county, 
New York, in 1755, where he died 1803. He 
is buried in the Quaker burying ground but 
was not a member of the Friends Meeting. 
He married Sarah Baker and had nine chil- 
dren. Their son Samuel (2), born in Clin- 
ton, Dutchess county. New York, in 1764, 
died at Milan, New York. He married (first) 
Sarah Shaw; (second) Mrs. Rebecca Copper 
nail. Ten children by first wife, three by 
second. Samuel (3), son of Samuel (2) and 
Sarah (Shaw) Doty, married Elizabeth San- 
ford and had ten children. Their daughter 
Catherine Ann, born in Milan, New York, 
June 12, 1833, married David Chapin Patter- 
son, and died at Hudson, New York, 1899. 
Children: i. Agnes, married Rector Stickles; 
children : Lloyd and Blanche. 2. Merritt 
Smith. 3. Imogene, married William Reitz 
and lives in New Jersey. 4. Nettie, married 
(first) Arthur HoUey and (second) Luther 
Shute. 5. Ezbon, married (first) Meda Pierce, 
child Edward; married (second) Julia 
Martin. 

(\'ni) Merritt Smith, son of David Chapin 
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1579 



born at North Haven, Massachusetts, No- 
vember iS. 1853. He received a good educa- 
tion, and joined his father in the contracting 
business which he still continues in Hudson, 
New York. He is an energetic, successful 
business man and held in highest esteem. He 
is a member of the Sons of \'eterans and 
affiliates with the Democratic party. He is an 
efficient member of the Hudson board of 
health and deeply interested in all that per- 
tains to the public welfare. He is prominent 
in his party and is frequently a delegate to 
county and state conventions. He married, 
January 20, 1888, Elizabeth Perks, born in 
London, England, September 28, 1862, died 
in Hudson, May 25, 1910. Children: i. Da- 
vid Chapin (2), born January 24, 1889, at 
Hudson, educated in public and private 
schools, now associated with his father in bus- 
iness. He is a Democrat and member of 
Christ Episcopal Church, having been a mem- 
ber of the choir of that church since he 
was a boy. 2. Florence Beatrice. 3. Imogene 
Blanche. Mr. Patterson is best known as 
Smith Patterson, that being his business and 
■official signature. 



The Dubois families of Ulster 
DL' BOIS and other Hudson river coun- 
ties in New York state are the 
descendants of Louis and Jacques Du Bois, 
Walloons and Huguenots. Louis was born 
October, 1626, in the province of Artois in 
Wicre, a hamlet about twenty miles south- 
west of the ancient city of Lille ; son of Chris- 
tian Du Bois. Little is known of his early 
life ; he was possessed of some education and 
w-as reared a Protestant. While young he re- 
moved to Manheim in the Palatinate of Ger- 
many. October 10, 1655, he married Cather- 
ine Blanjean (or Blanshan), daughter of a 
burgher of that ancient city. They had two 
■children born in Germany. In 1660 with his 
wife and two children he came to New Neth- 
■erland. He first settled at Esopus near or in 
what is now the village of Hurley, where he 
engaged in trade. In the Indian war of 1663 
when Esopus was destroyed, his wife and 
three children were carried oflf by the sav- 
ages, but were subsequently recaptured by a 
pursuing party, including Louis Du Bois. In 
1677 he with eleven other Huguenots and 
Frenchmen, like him.self, obtained from Gov- 
ernor Andros a patent for a large tract of 
land which now- lies in the Valley of the Wal- 
kill in the town of New Paltz ; removed there 
with the other patentees, and began the life 
of a pioneer. A church was founded and un- 
til 1689 Louis remained in New Paltz, re- 
■.moving in that year to Kingston, New York, 



where he died about 1695. He left a nu- 
merous progeny and descendants yet own and 
till the soil, first brought under cultivation by 
their sturdy faithful Huguenot ancestor. Chil- 
dren : I. Abraham, bom in Manheim, Ger- 
many, was one of the twelve patentees of New 
Paltz and the last survivor, dying October 7, 
1731, aged about seventy-four years; he mar- 
ried Margaret Deyo. 2. Isaac,' born in Man- 
heim, Germany, was one of the patentees of 
New Paltz, where he died June 28, 1690, aged 
thirty-one years; married Marie Hasbrouck. 
3. Jacob, the first child of American birth, 
born in Kingston, October, 1661 ; he settled 
upon one of his father's farms at Hurley; 
married Gerilje Gerritsen, daughter of Ger- 
rit Cornelissen, son of Cornelius Van Nieuw- 
kirk. 4. Sara, married Joosl Jansen. 5. Da- 
vid, married Cornelia Varnoye. 6. Solomon, 
married Trintjn Gerritsen, sister of Jacob's 
wife. He was a very large land owner in 
Ulster and Greene counties, New York, and 
in Pennsylvania ; one tract of three thousand 
acres in the Walkill Valley he gave to his 
son Cornelius (subject to certain payments) ; 
he was also an official of the French church 
at New Paltz and held many public trusts. 
7. Rebecca, born 1671, died young. 8. Rachel, 
born 1675, died young. 9. Louis, born 1677, 
married, 1701, Rachel Hasbrouck. 10. Mat- 
thew, born 1679 ; married Sarah Mattheyson ; 
he inherited half of his father's Hurley farm 
and his house and lot in Kingston where he 
was living in 1706. 

Jacques Du Bois, a near relative and per- 
haps a brother of Louis Du Bois. born in 
the same neighborhood as Louis, came to Eso- 
pus fifteen years later than his kinsman. The 
letter of church membership from the Wal- 
loon church at Leyden, Holland, which he 
took with him when leaving that city, is dated 
April 15, 1675, as is evidenced by the church 
records still extant. He must have died after 
his arrival as his widow, Pieronne Bentyn, 
married (second) prior to December, 1677. 
On leaving Leyden in 1675 Jacques had put 
on record a power of attorney to sell his house 
in that city which would indicate that he had 
been a resident there some time. He is de- 
scribed in the Leyden records as a manufac- 
turer of gros-grains, coarse grained fabrics of 
cloth and silk. He left three sons of tender 
years: Jacques horn in Leyden where he was 
baptized in the Protestant church of the Wal- 
loons, by the name of Jacobus, in March, 1665 ; 
John, baptized July, I'i7i : Pierre (known 
as Pieter), born at Leyden, March 17, 1674. 
being but three years of age when his mother 
again married. Jacques also left daughters, 
Maries, Jean and .Anne. Louis and Jacques 



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HUDSON AND iMOHAWK A'ALLEYS 



Du Bois are the ancestors of all who bear 
the name who trace early Huguenot ancestry. 
Louis left seven sons to perpetuate the name, 
Jacques but three, one of whom it is thought 
never married. The name is not a frequent 
one and is invariably borne by men and 
women of worth. It is an eminent name in 
the Hudson Valley, representatives being 
found in the profession and in business. 
Many sen'ed in the continental army and 
fought for the land that gave their ancestors 
asylum from religious persecution. 

Peter (Pierre), son of Jacques Du Bois, is 
the ancestor of the Dutchess county family, 
from whom the Columbia county family de- 
scend through the following generations: 

(H) Peter (Pierre), son of Jacques Du 
Bois. married Jeannette Beuhans and had is- 
sue. 

(HI) Jonathan, son of Peter Du Bois, mar- 
ried A riant je Osterhout, and had issue. 

(IV) Cornelius, son of Jonathan Du Bois, 
married Charity Griffin and had issue. 

(V) Cornelius (2), son of Cornelius (i) 
Du Bois, married Deborah Payne and had is- 
sue. 

(VI) Richard, son of Cornelius (2) Du 
Bois, married Harriet Brink and had issue. 

(VII) Charles, son of Richard and Harriet 
(Brink) Du Bois, was born in Columbia 
county. New York, August 3, 1843. died May 
3, i88r. He was educated in the public 
schools, and after completing his studies 
learned the trade of a smith, making a spe- 
cialty of carriage smithing. He lived an hon- 
orable, useful life, and died universally re- 
gretted by his friends and neiglibors in King- 
ston, where he had been in business many 
years. He was a Democrat in politics, and 
a faithful, consistent inember of St. John's 
Episcopal Church of Kingston. He married 
Catherine S., daughter of Robert Merritt, 
born at Clermont, Columbia county. New 
York, married Hannah Hover, and had a 
family of ten children. Children of Charles 
and Catherine S. Du Bois: i. Harriet Louise, 
married George Edward Race. 2. Albert, born 
March 12, 1868, resides in New York City. 
3. Mary Frances, died in infancy. 4. 
Charles Royal, born June 8, 1875. resides in 
New York City. Mrs. Catherine S. (Mer- 
ritt) Du Bois survives her husband and re- 
sides in Hudson, New York, which city is 
the home of her only daughter. Mrs. Harriet 
Louise Race. 



William Wood was 
WOOD-ALDRICH born in England in 

1582. He emigrated 
> .Nmerica from Mattock, Derbyshire, Eng- 



land, in 1638, with his wife Margaret, and' 
settled at Concord, Massachusetts, where he- 
filled some of the important offices of the 
town and died May 14, 1671. His wife died 
September i, 1659. Children: Michael and' 
Ruth. 

(II) Michael, son of William and Margaret 
Wood, was born in England and came to 
America with his parents in 1638. He was 
a farmer and said to have had an interest 
in the Concord Iron Works. His- wife's name 
was Mary. He died suddenly, j\Iay 13, 1674. 
Children, born in Concord : Abigail, April 
10, 1642; John, Nathaniel, Mary, Thomson,. 
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. 

(HI) Jacob, youngest child of Michael and 
Mary Wood, was born in Concord. March 3, 
1662, died October 6, 1723. He married, April' 
15, 1697, Mary, born in Concord, September 
15, 1673, daughter of John and Sarah (Lar- 
kin) Wheeler. Children, born in Concord: 
Jacob, Mary, Ephraim, of further mention; 
Dorcas, Hannah. 

(IV) Ephraim, son of Jacob and Mary 
(Wheeler) Wood, was born in Concord, Feb- 
ruary 4. 1702, died March 20, 1789. He 
lived upon the farm occupied by father and' 
grandfather before him. He was selectman 
in 1749, and is called "Captain" on the Con- 
cord records. He married Mary Bass, who' 
died September 11, 1781. Children, born in- 
Concord: Oliver, Ephraim. .\inos, Peter, 
Mary, Rebecca. 

(V) Ephraim (2), son of Eplu-aim ( i) and' 
Mary (Bass) Wood, was born in Concord, 
August I, 1733, died April 8, 1814. He was 
a shoemaker by trade, and was town clerk, 
selectman, assessor, overseer of the poor and' 
re-elected twenty-seven years. He was one 
of the first justices appointed by the council 
after the war of independence and held the of- 
fice until his death. He was also one of the 
judges of the court of common pleas. ".\s 
a Cliristian he was humble and devout, sin- 
cere and ardent." He married (first) Octo- 
ber 24, 1758, Mary, bom IVTarch 23. 1737, died 
July 13. 1807, daughter of Amos and Eliza- 
beth (Billings) Heald. 

(VI) William, son of Ephraim (2) and 
Mary (Heald) Wood, was Ixirn at Concord, 
January 10, 1775. He removed to Charles- 
town. New Hampshire, where he died Au- 
gust 24. 1841. He married (first) Nancy 
Myrick, bom in Charfestown, May 3, 1780,. 
died August 22. 1844. He married (second) 
Mary Pillsl)ury. born .April i. 1780. died No- 
vemJjcr 27, 1852. Children, eight by first 
wife: William (2). of further mention: Dan- 
iel, Ann, Mary, Edward Myrick, Martha M.,. 
Caroline. Alexander. 



HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



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(\ lit William (2), eldest son of William 
(i) and Nancy (Alyrick) Wood, was born 
in Cliarlestown, September 23, 1801. He 
removed to Springfield, Vermont, where he 
settled on a farm. He married Frances (Gla- 
zier ) White, widow of Luther W'hite, by whom 
she had sons Calvin and Henry. The Glazier 
family were from Massachusetts where many 
of the name are shown on revolutionary war 
records. Her Grandfather Glazier fought at 
the battle of Lexington and brought away 
as a trophy the red coat of a British soldier. 
Children of William and Frances Wood : Eliz- 
abeth, died at the age of twelve years, Ann, 
Harriet. Ellen, Willis. Charles Frank. 

(\'ni) Charles Frank, son of William (2) 
and Frances (Glazier) (White) Wood, was 
"born at Springfield, \'ermont, March 28, 1843. 
He was adopted by James Madison Aldrich, 
•of Weathersfield, \'ermont. and his wife Mary 
(Atwood) Aldrich. Charles Madison Aldrich 
Avas a prominent citizen and a member of the 
^'ermont legislature. The adoption was le- 
gal and Charles Frank ever after bore the 
■name of Aldrich. He married Abbie Louise 
Spaulding, born at Cornish. New Hampshire, 
November 3. 1847, ^rid had issue. 

(IX) Charles Spaulding, son of Charles 
Frank and Abbie Louise (Spaulding) Aid- 
rich, was born at Weathersfield Center, Ver- 
mont, April I. 1 87 1. He prepared for col- 
lege at Vermont Academy, Saxton"s River, 
Vermont, where he was graduated, class of 
1890. He then entered ]3rown University, 
whence he was graduated A.B., class of 1894. 
During 1895 an^' 1896 he took post graduate 
work at Wesleyan University where he was 
also an instructor. In 1896 Wesleyan con- 
ferred upon him the degree of A.M. Decid- 
ing upon the profession of law he prepared 
in the offices of Shaw, Bailey & Murphy, at 
Troy, New York : was admitted to the bar 
in 1898 and has since been engaged in legal 
practice in Troy. He pays especial attention 
to corporation, probate and real estate law, 
confining his practice to these special lines. 
He is director and vice-president of the Illi- 
um Realty Company : treasurer of the Stock- 
well Purser Realty Company ; treasurer of 
the International Land and Development 
Company ; secretary and tieasurer of the Col- 
lar City Land Company: and director of the 
Union National Bank. He served a term of 
enlistment in the Troy Citizen's Corps, and 
while at Brown University in the Rhode Isl- 
and National Guard. W'hile usually acting 
with the Republican jxirty he is thoroughly 
independent in politics. In religious faith Mr. 
Aldrich is a member and trustee of the First 
Particular Baptist Church of Troy. He mar- 



ried. September 9, 1897, Helen Parker, born 
at Manchester, New Hampshire, April 8, 
1871, daughter of Frank James and Harriet 
Charlotte (Eaton) Drake, of Manchester, 
New Hampshire, who were married June 7, 
1869. Frank James Drake was born in Pitts- 
field, New Hampshire, November 3, 1842, died 
August 20, 1891. He was a son of James 
Drake, born June 29, 1805, at Pittsfield, New 
Hampshire, died April 7, 1870, and Betsey 
(Seavey) Drake, lx>rn October 14, 181 1, died 
September 28, 1865 ; they were married Au- 
gust 13. 1834. James Drake was a son of 
James Drake, born November 14, 1775, at 
Pittsfield, New Hampshire, died February 26, 
1834, and Hannah (Ward) Drake, born Oc- 
tober 31. 1763. died December 17, 1848; they 
were married December 17, 1781. 



The first settlement of the 
FITCIIETT Fitchetts of which there is 

record was in New Jersey 
where Isaac Fitchett was born in 1725. In 
1750 he removed to the colony of New York, 
settling at Poughkeepsie. He married Fran- 
ces LeRoy, of that city, October 5, 1753. In 
1774 he removed to the Wyoming valley of 
Pennsylvania, settling at Nanticoke, now in 
Luzerne county. He remained there until his 
death. 

(II) Isaac (2). son of Isaac (i) and Fran- 
ces (LeRoy) Fitchett, was born in New York, 
and removed with his parents to Pennsyl- 
vania, later settling in Dutchess county New 
York, where there are many descendants. He 
married Polly Hart. Children: Isaac (3), Pe- 
ter, of further mention; Catharine, Frances, 
Caroline, Maria. 

(III) Peter, son of Isaac (2) and Polly 
(Hart) Fitchett, was born in the town of 
Coxsackie, Greene county. New York, April 
4, 1809. He was educated in the town 
schools, and early began boating on the Hud- 
son river, later engaging in mercantile life as 
a dry goods merchant and groceryman. Aher 
several years spent in business of tliis nature 
he purchased a farm near the village on which 
he resided until his death. He was prosper- 
ous in all his business affairs and was well 
regarded in his locality. He married, Feb- 
ruary, 1834, Susan Nelson, born 1810, died 
March 8. 1904, daughter of Gilbert Nelson, 
of Gay Head. Greene county, formerly of 
Dutchess county. New York. Children: i. 
James H., born March i. 1835 ; resides in Cox- 
sackie, New York. 2. Gilbert Isaac, of later 
mention. 3. Frank L., born October i, 1838, 
now a resident of Omaha, Nebraska : mar- 
ried (first) Mary J. Cook: (second) Isabella 
McGeorge. 4. Sarah E., born March 25, 1841, 



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died June 17, 1884: married Palmer Searles 
and had two daughters : Addie. born Decem- 
ber 22, 1868, married Floyd Kniffen, October 
3, 1888; Grace, born March 2, 1871 ; mar- 
ried, April 6. 1892, Clarence Woolford, who 
died 1896 leaving a son, Leroy Woolford. 5. 
Charles, born September i, 1843, died Janu- 
ary 9, 1889; married, November 12, 1867, 
Frances Bouton ; had one child, Jennie C, 
born February 19, 1869, married Schuyler C. 
Bishop, November, 1892. 6. Caroline, born 
May 3, 1845, in the town of Coxsackie, where 
she was educated in the public schools and 
resided on the home farm until the death of 
her father, when she removed to the village 
of Coxsackie, where she now resides having 
with her as companion her deceased sister's 
daughter Grace, and nephew, Leroy Woolford. 
She is a member of the Dutch Reformed 
church, having joined many years ago. 7. 
]\Iyra S., born April 15, 1848: married (first) 
Nelson Van Bergen; (second) Lewis Flans- 
burg : resides in Coxsackie. 

(IV) Gilbert Isaac, son of Peter and Susan 
(Nelson) Fitchett, was born in the town of 
Coxsackie, Greene county. New York, March 
ID, 1837. He was educated in -the public 
schools. He engaged in farming for a few 
years after reaching manhood but soon aban- 
doned the farm for a business career. In 
1861 he established a coal trade in Coxsackie 
and pursued that line of business with energy 
and success until 1907 when he retired. He 
occupies a beautiful residence overlooking the 
Hudson and here passes a quiet life amid con- 
genial surroundings. He never sought or held 
public office, but is a supporter of the Demo- 
cratic party. He married (first) 1857. El- 
zada Buckbee, died 1885, daughter of Richard 
P.uckbee. He married (second) Alice, daugh- 
ter of Henry Fitchett, of Watervliet, New 
York. Child of first marriage: Julia Clear- 
water, married Dr. Ambrose Beach, of Cox- 
sackie. 



The Van Denhurgs are 
VAN DENBURG of mention in early 

records of .'\lbany. 
New York. Arent was a corporal of the serv- 
ice of the West India Company at Fort Or- 
ange, 1654, and still there in 1666. Claas Cor- 
nelis was in Beverwyck, 1660-65. Tlie his- 
tory of this branch of the family begins with 
Richard Janse \^an Denburg, who married, 
November 13, 1699, Tryntje, daughter of Mat- 
thias Hooghteling; children: Maria, baptized 
May 12, 1701 ; Antje, May 17, 1702; Jan, Sep- 
tember 19, 1703: Matthys, January 15, 1706; 
Racheltje. February 22, 1708; Dorotia, Octo- 
ber 30. 1710; Hendrick, of further mention; 



Lidia, April 24, 1715; Robert, June 31, 1717. 
Richard Van Denburg settled in Coxsackie, 
Greene county. New York, at a date not def- 
initely known. April 18, 1729, he bought land 
of Thomas Williams and in the same year 
leased land from Petrus Van Bergen but he 
owned land and built a stone house on the 
banks of "Mender's Kill" before 1725. This 
land was known as the Matthias Houghtaling 
patent. Through subsequent purchases by 
sons of Richard, the family became the own- 
ers of a large tract of land west of the upper 
village of Coxsackie. Robert, son of Rich- 
ard J., built a sawmill on a small stream which 
flows into the west branch of Potick creek, 
the remains of the dam being yet visible. 

(II) Hendrick, son of Richard J. and 
Tryntje (Catrina) (Hooghteling) (Hotaling) 
Van Denburg, was baptized October 19, 1712, 
A deed dated October 20, 1770, recites that 
Hendrick Houghtaling for the sum of ten shil- 
lings and other consideration did convey to 
Hendrick and Robert Van Denburg "All that 
southermost half of the whole tract XX\' con- 
taining eighteen hundred forty-three acres 
XXXX and one-half of all mines which may 
be found hereafter on the above lands." This 
tract of land thus set oflf to the brothers be- 
came popularly known as the "Van Denburg 
Patent" though it was not an original patent 
grant. Later it was divided into lots and De- 
cember 21, 1745, Hendrick Van Denburg con- 
veyed to Richard, Wilhelmus and John \'an 
Denburg seventeen of the lots each contain- 
ing it was supposed fifty acres, but of one of 
them the story is told that by some reason it 
contained sixty acres. This caused later legal 
proceedings which gave it the name of 
"Chancery lot," Hendrick resided in the stone 
house, north of the creek, which he built. He 
married, November 21, 1743, Kathcrine Ho- 
taling, Children: Catherine, Lena and Ryc- 
kert," 

(III) Ryckert, only son of Hendrick and 
Katherine (Hotaling) Van Denburg. was bap- 
tized in Albany, New York, June 24, 1753, 
He married Maritje, daughter of (jodfrey 
Brandow, a revolutionary soldier in Captain 
John \'an Denburgs, Coxsackie company of 
nine months men. Eleventh Regiment, .Mbany 
county militia. He had part of the "\'an Den- 
burg Patent," and built a stone house on the 
hill along an Indian foot path. 

(I\^) Henry, son of Ryckert and Maritje 
(Brandow) Van Denburg, was born March 
17, 1776, died May 12, 1853. He was known 
locally as "Bush Hank," probably from the 
fact that his farm was covered with trees 
and undergrowth, which kept him employed 
in clearing and burning the bush. He mar- 



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ried Rebecca \'an Loon, born October 22, 
1777, died February 3, 1852, a descendant of 
Jan \'an Loon, the first settler of the name 
and ancestor of a numerous famil_v ; supposed 
to have come from Holland about 1686. The 
present village of Athens is built on the old 
farm owned by his son Matthias. 

(Y) Richard, son of Henry and Rebecca 
(\'an Loon) \'an Denburg, was born Feb- 
ruary 8, 1817, died July 21, i860. He had 
a share of the \"an Denburg lands, inheriting 
his father's farm, and always followed farm- 
ing as an occupation. He married, November 
30, 1842, Rachel Lampman, a descendant of 
Stephen Lampman, of German parentage. She 
was born August 26, 1824, died March 4, 
1910. 

(VI) Albert, son of Richard and Rachel 
(Lampman) Van Denburg, was born Febru- 
ary I, 1846, at Coxsackie, Greene county. 
New York. He was educated in the public 
school and at Coxsackie Seminary. He was 
a prosperous farmer and a highly regarded 
member of his community. He was a member 
of the Dutch Reformed church, and a Repub- 
lican in politics. He married, August 30, 
1868, Emma, daughter of Lewis and Hannah 
Augusta (Roberts) Powell. 

(MI) Richard Henrj-, only son of Albert 
and Emma (Powell) \'an Denburg, was born 
in I\Iidway, Greene county. New York, No- 
vember 2, 1877. He was educated in the 
Coxsackie common and high schools. After 
completing his studies he taught school for 
six years, in the meantime preparing for the 
profession of medicine. In 1900 he entered 
Albany Aledical College (Union University) 
where he was graduated I\I.D.. class of 1904. 
He was interne at St. Peter's Hospital, Al- 
bany, for one year, then in 1905 began the 
practice of his profession in Coxsackie, where 
he is enjoying a satisfactory patronage. He 
is a member of the Greene County Medical 
Society, State Medical and American Aledical 
Associations : Free and Accepted Masons, 
master of Ark Lodge, No. 48 ; Coxsackie Chap- 
ter, No. 85 : Lafayette Commandery, No. 7 ; 
Coxsackie Lodge, No. 351 ; Independent Or- 
der of Odd Fellows; Eureka Lodge No. 131, 
Knights of Pythias : Coxsackie Camp, No. 
8490. Modern Woodmen of America. He is a 
member of the Methodist church, and affiliates 
with the Republican party. He married, June 
14, 1905, Carrie F., born February 13, 1877, 
daughter of Charles Warner and Hannah V. 
(Collier) Mackey, a descendant of John 
Mackey, who came from the north of Ireland 
to this country during the war of the revolu- 
tion in which he fought as a soldier of the 
continental armv. He was of Scotch ances- 



try. Jeremiah, son of John Mackey, married 
Anna Tuttle. Fermon, son of Jeremiah and 
Anna (Tuttle) Mackey, was born in the town 
of Milton, Saratoga county, New York. He 
married Eliza Strait. Charles Warner, son 
of Fermon and Eliza (Strait) Mackey, mar- 
ried, in 1876, Hannah V. Collier and had 
two children: Carrie F., who married Dr. 
Richard Henry \'an Denburg, and Eliza S. 
Mackev. 



The founder of the Bogar- 
ROGARDUS dus family in America was 

the famous Dominie Ever- 
ardus Bogardus, pastor, counsellor and friend 
of the early Dutch settlers of New Amster- 
dam, who cheered them amid their toils and 
adversities and in dark hours of peril ; joined 
many of them in marriage : baptized their chil- 
dren ; oft performed in their stricken homes 
the last sad rites and frequently acted as guar- 
dian of their estates. He was the first settled 
minister of the Dutch church at New Am- 
sterdam, where he continued until his last trip 
to Holland in 1647. He sailed from New 
Amsterdam in the ship "Princess" in company 
with Director Kieft, August 16, 1647. O" 
September 27, having mistaken their course, 
they were wrecked upon a rock on tlie coast 
of Wales. Dominie Bogardus and Director 
Kieft both perished, although many were 
saved. (For an extended account of his ca- 
reer see Bogardus in Gray family history.) 
He was a valuable man in the settlement, his 
advice was constantly sought in matters af- 
fecting both individuals and the community 
and the amount of public business with which 
he was intrusted on his final departure for 
Holland evinced the continued respect and con- 
fidence of his people. He married, June 21, 
1642, Anneke (.Annetje) Jans, or Jansen, who 
had a grant of sixty-two acres between the 
present Warren and Christopher streets, New 
York City. This land has probably caused 
more bitter controversy than any other on 
earth. It forms the basis of dispute between 
the heirs of Aimeke and Dominie Bogardus 
on the one hand and Trinity church corpora- 
tion on the other. Its immense value makes 
the ownership a prize worth striving for and 
fierce legal battles have been fought over it. 
The title, however, seems to rest with Trinity 
corporation. After the death of Dominie Bo- 
gardus, his widow took up her residence in 
Albany, continuing there until her death in 
1663. Children: \\'illiam, in 1656 a clerk in 
the secretary's office in New Amsterdam and 
in 1687 postmaster of the province; Cornelis, 
baptized September 9, 1640. in New ^'ork 
Citv, later of Albanv, married Helena Teller : 



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Johannes or Jonas, baptized January 4, 1643; 
Pieter, of further mention. 

(II) Pieter, son of Dominie Everardus Bo- 
gardus, was baptized April 2, 1645. He re- 
sided in Albany, New York, until near the 
close of his life, when he removed to King- 
ston, New York, where he died in 1703. In 
1673 he was one of the magistrates of the 
town and in 1690 was commissioned with 
others to treat with the Five Nations and to 
look after the defence of the town. He made 
his will February 3, 1701-02. He married 
Wyntje Cornells Bosch. Children: Evert; 
Shibboleth; Hannah, born January 22, :679, 
married Peter Bronck ; Maria, married Johan- 
nes Van Vechten, of Schagticoke ; Anthony ; 
Rachel baptized February 13, 1684; Ephraim, 
of further mention ; Petrus, baptized April 30, 
1691. 

(III) Ephraim, son of Pieter and Wyntje 
Cornells (Bosch) Bogardus, was baptized Au- 
gust 14, 1687. He married. September 23, 
1719, Agnietie De Garmo, born March 20, 
1692. Children baptized: Petrus, April 10, 
1721 ; Catherine, September 16, 1722, died 
young; Wyntje, March 8, 1724; Ephraim, of 
further mention; Jacob, July 14, 1728; Cath- 
erine, February 7, 1730; Maria, May 7, 1732; 
Anna, October 6, 1734. 

(IV) Ephraim (2), son of Ephraim (i) 
and Agnielie (De Garmo) Bogardus, was 
born August 7, 1726, in Coxsackie, Greene 
county. New York. He served in the war 
of the revolution as private of Captain James 
Waldron's company. Eleventh Regiment, Al- 
bany county militia. He ran a' licensed ferry 
across the Hudson river at the Upper Land- 
ing shortly after the revolution. He was a 
farmer. He married, October 19, 1748, An- 

-netje Hallenbeck. 

(V) Anthony, son of Ephraim (2) and An- 
netje (Hallenbeck) Bogardus, was baptized in 
the Dutch Reformed church at Coxsackie, 
Greene county, New York, 1772. He was a 
farmer of the town of Coxsackie and a mem- 

"ber of the Dutch church. He married Eliza- 
beth Vander Hoof. 

(VI) Ei)hraim (3), son of Anthony and 
Elizabeth (Vander Hoof) Bogardus, was born 
in Coxsackie. New York, June 27, 1795, died 
April 21, 1866. He served in the American 
army during the war of 1812. He was a 
farmer, owning the homestead farm of his 
grandfather, Anthony Bogardus, located just 

■outside the limits of the village of Coxsackie. 
This was his home and place of death. He 
was a member of the First Reformed Dutch 
'Church, and a Democrat in politics. He mar- 
ried, January 21, 1823, Hannah, born June 6, 
.1801, died July 25, 1885, daughter of James 



and Helena (Groom) Rea. Children: An- 
tliony, born December 29, 1823 ; William, Au- 
gust 7, 1825 ; John, September 7, 1827; Joseph, 
June 14. 1830; Charles (q. v.). 

(\'II) Charles, youngest son of Ephraim 
(3) and Hannah (Rea) Bogardus, was born 
on the Bogardus homestead in the town of 
Coxsackie, Greene county. New York, Sep- 
tember 16, 1833. He was educated in the pub- 
lic schools, and early became engaged in the 
ice business. He continued in this line all his 
active life and reaped a prosperous harvest. 
In 1895 he retired from active labor, devoting 
himself to his own private affairs. For twelve 
years he served on the Coxsackie school board. 
He is an attendant of the Methodist Episco- 
pal church, and a Democrat in politics. He 
married, December 17, 1857, jilary Helen, 
born October 12, 1836, daughter of Henry B. 
and Esther (Wilson) Briggs, of Coxsackie. 
Children: Mary Esther, Charlotte. Mary 
Esther married Charles Crabbe, of Far Rock- 
away, Long Island, New York ; children : 
Daisy M. (married Robert Nelson Curtis, of 
Rochester, New York, November 5, 1906 ; 
child: Marv Helen) ; Bernice, Bentha Helen, 
Phyllis Esther, Ruth, Charles Bogardus. 



The Lampmans of Coxsac- 
LAMPMAN kie, Greene county. New 

York, descend from German 
ancestors, long seated in the Palatinate, Ger- 
many. The emigrant ancestor settled in 
(ireene county at the south end of Kings Hill 
in the town of Coxsackie. 

(I) Stephen Lampman, with whom the his- 
tory begins, was born in Greene county, about 
the year 1730. He married and had issue. 

(II) Peter, son of Stephen Lampman, was 
born about 1760. He married and had issue. 

(IH) John Peter, son of Peter Lampman, 
was born September 17, 1792, died January 
2, 1855. He married Abigail King, born N(V 
vember 11, 1795, died January 2, 1882. They 
removed from Kings Hill some three miles 
to the eastward where they settled on a farm. 

(IV) Obadiah, son of John Peter and Abi- 
gail (King) Lampman, was born on the 
Greene county homestead upon which his par- 
ents settled prior to his birth. May 25, 1818, 
died at Coxsackie, New York, 1901. He was 
first a farmer, but the greater part of his 
life was spent in the general mercantile busi- 
ness. He married Elizabeth \^andenherg, born 
November 22, 1817, died October 31. 1890, 
daughter of Peter R. Vandenberg. They 
were the parents of five children, two of whom 
survive, Catherine Elizabeth Burroughs, of 
Brooklyn, New York, and Rev. Lewis, of fur- 
ther mention. 




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(V) Rev. Lewis Lampman, son of Obadiah 
and Elizabeth (Vandenberg) Lampman, was 
torn in the town of Coxsackie. Greene coun- 
ty, New York. February 5, 1843. He was 
educated at Claverack Institute on the Hud- 
son, where he prepared for college. He en- 
tered Yale University, where he was gradu- 
ated in the class of 1866 with the degree of 
B.A. The following year he entered Union 
Theological Seminary, then spent one year in 
Europe, and on his return re-entered the Union 
Theological Seminary, where he was gradua- 
ted, class of 1870. He was ordained 
a minister of the Presbyterian church and at 
once entered upon active work. He was first 
stationed as pastor in charge of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, where he re- 
mained until 1888. In that year he accepted 
a call from the High Street Presbyterian 
Church in Newark, New Jersey, where he con- 
tinued until December, 1906, when he retired 
from active work in the ministry. During 
his thirty-six years of active pastoral labor he 
served only these two churches, serving each 
eighteen years. He married, December 5. 
1871, Adelaide Ely. daughter of Leonard (2) 
Bronck, a descendant of Jonas Bronck (see 
Bronck VII). Children: Leonard Bronck and 
Maria Bronck Lampman. 



(The Br 



els Line 



The founder of the Bronck family in 
Anierica was Jonas Bronck. born in Copen- 
hagen, Denmark, died at Bronxland, West- 
chester county. New York. He married An- 
tonia Slagboom. He came to America in 
1639 from Amsterdam where he had married. 
He came in his own ship "Fire of Troy," a 
private armed vessel manned by himself, ac- 
companied by his friend and officer in the 
Danish army. Captain Jochiem Pietersen Kuy- 
ter. He brought a cargo of cattle and each 
was attended by his family and a number of 
farmers or herdsmen. He was a man of 
means, and loaned money in large sums to 
his friends. He was of a family long dis- 
tinguished in Sweden, though probably him- 
self from Copenhagen. He located his land 
north of the Great Kill and built a "stone 
house covered with tiles, a barn, tobacco house, 
two barracks, etc." He later purchased from 
the Indians five hundred acres on the now 
Bronx river, later included in the Manor of 
Morrisania. He had cattle, servants, landed 
possessions, a substantial home, and his vrouw 
pronounced "a good housekeeper." He was a 
devoted Lutheran, and brought with him Luth- 
er's Catechism and a folio Danish Bible. From 
it he drew a name for his home "Emaus." 
It was here that Director Kieft send dele- 



gates to meet the Indian chiefs and made a 
treaty. This treaty was followed by the un- 
proved murder of the Indians for which they 
exacted frightful vengeance upon the Dutch 
settlers. It was at this time that Jonas Bronck 
met his death, perhaps at the hands of the 
savages, but as his property was spared, they 
may have been guiltless. "Seignor" Bronck, 
as he was styled, must be rated above the or-* 
dinary colonist. His Danish and Latin libra- 
ry', stored with law, history, and books of di- 
vinity, indicate taste, culture and piety. His 
widow, Antonia Slagboom, daughter of Ju- 
riaen Slagboom, whom he married in Amster- 
dam, Holland, married (second) Arent Van 
Curler, of Rensselaerwyck, whom she also sur- 
vived. She died at Schenectady, New York, 
December 19, 1676. 

(II) Pieter Jonasen, son of Jonas Bronck, 
was born in Holland, died in Coxsackie, New 
York, 1669. He was a brewer of Beverwyck 
as early as 1645, owned houses and lots which 
he sold in 1662, and purchased land in Cox- 
sackie. which was the colonial grant known as 
the Bronck patent, upon which he settled. His 
wife was Hilletje Tyssinck. Of their chil- 
dren there were two sons, Pieter, Jan. 

(HI) Jan, son of Pieter Jonasen and Hil- 
letje (Tyssinck) Bronck, was born in Albany, 
New York, 1650, died at Coxsackie, New 
Y'ork, 1742. He built a saw and grist mill. 
He married Commertje Leendertse Conyn. 
His will speaks of the following five sons only : 
Pieter, Jonas, Philip, Casper, and Leendert 
Janse. Daughters, Antje and Helena. 

(IV) Leendert Janse (Leonard Janse), son 
of Jan and Commertje Leendertse (Conyn) 
Bronck, was born about 1699. He married, 
February 26, 1717, Anna de Wandalaer. Chil- 
dren: Jan Leendertse, Sara, Commertje and 
Catharina. 

(V) Jan Leendertse, son of Leendert Janse 
(Leonard Janse) and Anna (de Wandalaer; 
Bronck, was baptized July 14, 1723, died 1794. 
He married (first) June 17, 1747. Elsje \ an 
Buren; (second) Susanna Hotaling (lloogh- 
teeling). Elsje Van Buren was a descendant 
of Cornelis Maase and Catalina .Martense Van 
Buren, who came to America on the ship 
"Rensselaerwyck;" Cornelis M., died 1643, h's 
wife, 1648. Their son, Martin Cornelis Van 
Buren, was born in Ilouten, province of 

Utrecht. He married Maritje . Their 

son, Pieter Martinse Van Buren, of Kinder- 
hook (1720), married .\ricntje Barentse. Jan- 
uary 15, 1693. Their son, liarent Van Bur- 
en, married (first) December 29. 1719. Maria 
Winne, daughter of Livinus Winne and Wil- 
lempje (N'iele) Winne, widow of Simon 
Schermerhorn, and granddaughter of Peter 



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Winne, from Ghent in Flanders, and Jannetje 
(Adams) Winne, of Friesland. Their daugh- 
ter, Elsje \'an Buren, married Jan Leendertse 
Bronck. They had an only son Leonard. 

(VI) Leonard, only child of Jan Leendertse 
and Elsje (Van Buren) Bronck, was born 
Alay II, 1751, died April 22, 1828. He was 
a member of the New York state assembly, 
1786-98; of the state senate, 1800. Was first 
judge of the court of appeals of Greene coun- 
ty ; was an officer in the revolutionary army, 
first as a lieutenant, later as captain, and was 
discharged with rank of lieutenant-colonel; 
was supervisor of Albany county. He was 
an intimate friend of General Schuyler and 
General Gansevoort. He married (first) Jan- 
uary II, 1779, Tryntje, daughter of Robert 
Van Denbergh ; (second) Albertje Van Bu- 
ren. Tryntje (Catherine) Van Denbergh was 
a daughter of Robert and granddaughter of 
Richard Janse Van Denbergh and Catherine 
(Tryntje) Houghtaling (Hotaling), who were 
married November 13, 1699. Catherine was 
a sister of Matthys Houghtaling, born 1644, 
died 1796. Robert Van Denbergh married 

Brandow. Their daughter Tryntje 

(Catherine) married Hon. Leonard Bronck. 
Children of Leonard and Tryntje (Catherine) 
Bronck : Elsie, born December 23, 1782, mar- 
ried, November 27, 1799, in Kinderhook, Rev. 
Jacob Sickles (see Sickles VI), and Leonard, 
see forward. 

(VH) Leonard (2), son of Leonard (i) 
and Tryntje (Catherine) (Van Denbergh) 
Bronck, was born June 29, 1797, married Ma- 
ria, daughter of Dr. John Ely. Their daugh- 
ter, Adelaide Ely Bronck, married Rev. Lewis 
Lampman (see Lampman V). Children: 
Leonard Bronck, and Maria Bronck Lamp- 
man. 



John Lusk, of Massachusetts, was 
LUSK an associate of General Hyde, of 
Lenox, Massachusetts, in the set- 
tlement of "Township 13, Range 7" of the 
"Phelps and Gorham" purchase and had fif- 
teen hundred acres of land at the head of Iron- 
dequoit Bay (now Monroe county, New 
York). He was a pioneer in the settlement 
of that township, going with his son Stephen 
and a hired man early in the summer of 1789. 
The father went by way of Schenectady, from 
there by batteau ; the son and hired man drove 
cattle overland, crossing Lake Cayuga on a 
raft, swimming their cattle. They returned to 
Massachusetts in the fall. In the spring of 
1790 lie returned with his family and perma- 
nently settled on his tract. He died 18 14, 
aged sixty-six years. He had sons, Stephen, 
Erastus, Norman, John Kellogg and Aaron. 



(II) John Kellogg, son of John Lusk, was 
born in Massachusetts, April 25. 1781, died 
in Coxsackie, Greene county, New York, No- 
vember 23, 1818. He lived for a time in Cox- 
sackie, later removed to West Coxsackie,^ 
where he was engaged in general mercantile 
business until his death. He married Chris- 
tina Van Denburgh, and had children : John 
Kellogg (2); Jacob; William Henr\- and 
Matthias. 

(III) Matthias, son of John Kellogg and 
Christina (Van Denburgh) Lusk. was born 
September 9, 1807, died April 13, 1883, in 
Coxsackie, New York. He was a graduate 
of Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New 
Jersey, also of the Theological Seminary of 
same college. Ordained a minister of the 
Gospel, and was pastor of the First Reformed 
Dutch Church of Jersey City for seventeen 
years, when he retired, and moved to Cox- 
sackie in 1864. He was a man of substance 
and high character. He married Ann Sickles, 
born April 23, 1806, in Kinderhook, Colum- 
bia county. New York, died November 30, 
1872, daughter of Rev. Jacob and Elsie 
(Bronck) \Sickles. (See Sickles VII; the 
Bronck line appears in preceding sketch). 
Children, born in Jersey City, New Jersey: 
Jacob S., died in childhood ; Elizabeth C., 
born November 10, 1840; Anna L., July 3, 
1843 ; Sarah C, twin of Anna L.. died 1882. 
Matthias Lusk in 1864 purchased the hand- 
some residence in Coxsackie, New York, 
which has since been his home. 

(The Sickles Line). 

Zachariah Sickles was born in X'ienna, .Aus- 
tria, about 1630, went to Holland, thence to 
Curacoa, where he served as a cadet. When 
Governor Stuyvesant returned from a visit to 
Curacoa in 1655 Sickles came with him and 
was soon after attached to the garrison at 
Fort Orange. He remained in Fort Orange 
until after the surrender in 1664; removed 
to New York, 1693, admitted a freeman, 1698. 
He married, 1658 or 1660, Anna, daughter of 
Lambert and Annatie Van Valkenberg, who 
were residents of New Amsterdam, 1644, af- 
terwards settled in Albany. 

(II) Zachariah (2), son of Zachariah (i) 
and Anna (Van Valkenberg) Sickles, was 
born in Albany in 1670, died January 20, 
1729. In 1693 he went to Harlem where he 
bought land of his father-in-law. He married 
(first) August 23, 1693, Maria, daughter of 
Jan Hendricks and Annatje (Bastiens) Bre- 
voort; married (second) July 19, 1717, Mynt- 
je Dyckman. Sons: Johannes, Jacobus, Zach- 
ariah, Hendrick, (Jeraldus, William, Cornelis 
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(\"l) Rev. Jacob Sickles, descendant of 
Zachariah Sickles, was born April 25. 1781. 
He lived in Tappan, Rockland county, New 
York. He married Elsie Bronck, November 
27. 1799 (see Bronck \'I). 

(\'II) Ann, daiisjhter of Rev. Jacob and 
Elsie (Bronck) Sickles, was born April 23, 
1806, at Kinderhook, Columbia county, New 
York, died November 30, 1872. She mar- 
ried ^latthias Lusk (see Lusk HI). Children: 
Jacob S., died in childhood : Elizabeth C, 
Anna L., Sarah C, deceased. 



The Story family of Catskill, 
STORY New Y'ork, are of Scotch de- 
scent. The founder of the fam- 
ily in Greene county, Francis Story, was bom 
in Birgham on the river Tweed, Scotland, 
near Berwick, in the year 1804. died in Cat- 
skill. New York, June 26, 1891. Leaving his 
native land he began a long search for a 
promising location. He located successively 
in Edinburg, London, Quebec, ^Montreal, Can- 
ada and New York City, finally at Catskill, 
where he engaged in merchant tailoring. He 
continued in active business for twenty or 
thirty years, then retired from business to 
an estate near the village where he lived the 
quiet life of a gentleman farmer until his 
death. He was a man of quiet habits and 
cultured tastes, having had the advantages of 
a good education. He married, October 27, 

1832, Jane Overbagh, born January 27, 1813, 
died October 16. 1888, daughter of Frederick 
Overbagh, of Catskill. Children : Anna, born 

1833, married Henry Wynkoop, of Catskill ; 
Robert F., of further mention : Frederick, 
1837; John, 1839; James, 1841 : Margaret M., 
1843, died 1868; Alartha T., married Sanford 
D. Plank, of Catskill: Francis. 1845, died 1906 
married Mary Lucinda \'an Orden ; Isabella, 
married Charles H. Person, died 1898 ; Jacob, 
deceased. Jane (Overbagh) Story was a de- 
scendant of Johann Pieter Overbagh, who 
came to this country in 1722, bought land in 
the second division of the Loveridge Patent, 
and died in 1734. He had six children, name- 
ly : Johannes, Johann Jury, Marytje, Cath- 
arine, Annatje, Elizabeth. He devised his land 
to his two sons. Johann Jury married Catha- 
rine, daughter of Paulis Smith: four children: 
i. Catharine, married William Dewitt : ii. Pe- 
ter, married Catharine Fiero : iii. John, mar- 
ried Hannah Conyes and their children were: 
a. Frederick, born March 22, 1784. died June 
II. 1861, married (first) Catherine Mallory, 
died June 5, 1809, (second) Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Abraham and Rachel (Freligh) Over- 
bagh. she was born November 7, 1791, died 
April 6, 1864; child of second wife, Jane, 



aforementioned as the wife of Francis Story ; 
b. Jacob : c. William : d. Rebecca : e. Hannah ; 
f. Rachel, iv. Jeremiah, married Sarah \'an 
Orden. 

(II) Roliert F., son of I-'rancis and Jane 
(Overbagh) Story, was born at Catskill, New 
York, June 30, 1835. He was educated in 
private schools and at Fcrgusonville Acad- 
emy, Delaware county, New York. He began 
farming iminediately after leaving school and 
followed that business all his active life. In 
1906 he retired from the farm to a pleasant 
home in Catskill: here he now (1911) resides. 
He is vice-president of the Catskill Traction 
Company and is the oldest director in the 
Catskill National Bank ; was an original di- 
rector and stockholder in the Catskill Cement 
Company; was member of the school board 
six years. He is an attendant of the Re- 
formed church, and in politics a Republican. 
He married. November 25, 1857, Esther Du 
Bois, born August 28, 1833, died .\ugust 16, 
1891, daughter of Joel and Sally Jane (Hun- 
ter) Du Bois, a descendant of Louis Du Bois, 
a Huguenot, born in the province of Artois 
near the ancient city of Lille. He was one 
of the twelve original proprietors of New 
Paltz. where he lived until 1689 then removed 
to Kingston where he died in 1695.. Of the 
children of Robert F. and Esther (DuBois) 
Story, two died in infancy, and the surviving 
children are: i. Jane, born October 18. 1858, 
married Charles A. Elliot, of Catskill : their 
son, Edsall DuBois Elliot, is a practicing phy- 
sician. 2. Sarah (Sally), born December 7, 
1862. 3. Mary B.. born November 26, 1865. 
4. John H., born October 2. 1867, married 
Grace Donohue. 5. Martha T.. born Febru- 
ary 13. 1870, married Fred W. Cussler, of 
Catskill. 

The DuBois and Overbagh families of Cat- 
skill are intimately connected with the early 
history of the village and town. The farm 
of Johann Jury Overbagh was in the form 
of an oblong, and near the center he built a 
stone house twenty feet square. During the 
revolution the cottage was a place of muster 
for the minute-iiierisof the district and a ref- 
uge for their fiiirrilies when it was rumored 
that the Mohawks were about. The tomb- 
stone of John Pieter Overbagh, a narrow 
slab of gray flagstone, bears the inscription 
"1734, September 14, J.P.O.B." It is the old- 
est tombstone in Catskill. (The DuBois fam- 
ily is further considered in this work.) 

The Penfield family of Con- 

PENFIELD nccticut were early settlers 

of ancient Farmington, 

which then contained the territory now known 



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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



by many names. The first settlers in the sec- 
tion were emigrants from Boston. Newtown 
and Roxbury, New York. Settlement was 
begun in 1640 in Meriden, Wallingford, New 
Britain and other towns of the section. The 
history of the Penfields of Catskill, New 
York, begins with Samuel Penfield, who in 
1675 married Mary Lewis. Whether he was 
the emigrant or the son of the emigrant does 
not appear. His wife, Mary (Lewis) Pen- 
field, was born in 1652. Children : Samuel, 
of further mention ; May, born 1678 : John, 
1680: Sarah, 1683: Isaac, 1685; Hannah, 
1687: Jonathan, 1689; Rebecca, 1692; Abi- 
gail, twin of Rebecca: Benjamin, 1696. 

(H) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (i) and 
Mary (Lewis) Penfield, was born 1676, died 
at Wallingford, Connecticut, 17 14. He was 
a resident of that town for several years and 
left a W'idow and four children : Samuel, born 
1700; Peter, of further mention; Abigail, 
1704: Nathaniel, 1706. 

(HI) Peter, son of Samuel (2) Penfield, 
was born 1702. He removed to Fairfield, 
Connecticut. He married, in 1730, Mary Al- 
len, born 1708. They had an only son, Sam- 
uel. 

(IV) Samuel (3), son of Peter and Mary 
(Allen) Penfield, was born 1734, died April 
2, 181 1, at Fairfield, Connecticut. He served 
in the French and Indian war and in the rev- 
olution. He was lieutenant of Captain 
Thorp's company. Colonel Whiting's regi- 
ment, Fourth Militia, at Peekskill, in Octo- 
ber, 1777; marched October 5, discharged Oc- 
tober 30. He married, September 2, 1757, 
Elizabeth Lewis. 

(V) Samuel (4), son of Samuel (3) and 
Elizabeth (Lewis) Penfield, was born in 1763, 
died 1 79 1. Fie married Hannah Hoyt, born 
1766, died 1825. 

(\'I) Samuel (5), son of Samuel (4) and 
Hannah (Hoyt) Penfield, was born in 1790, 
died at Catskill. New York, 1851. He mar- 
ried, April 6, 1812, Ximena Taylor, born 1794, 
died 1856. 

(VII) Samuel (6), son of Samuel (5) and 
Ximena (Taylor) Penfield, was born in Cat- 
skill, New York, 1823, died there in 1894. He 
married, April 19, 1872, Harriet T., daughter 
of Danforth K. and Almira (Blanchard) 01- 
ncy, (see Olney VIII). Two children. 

(VHI) George, only son of Samuel (6) 
and Harriet T. (Olney) Penfield, was born 
in Catskill, New York, 1872. He was early 
educated in the public school; entered Yale 
University, whence he was graduated in the 
class of 1894. He is by profession a civil 
engineer. 

(\TII) Ellen, only daughter of Samuel 



(6) and Harriet T, (Olney) Penfield, was 
born in Catskill, New York. She married 
Pierre Jennings, of Catskill, and has two chil- 
dren : Frances E., and Penfield S. Jennings. 

(The Olney Line). 
Mrs. Harriet T. (Olney) Penfield de- 
scends from Thomas Olney. born in St. Al- 
bans, Hereford county, England, 1600, came 
to America in 1635 on the ship "Planter"; 
settled first in Boston, Massachusetts, later in 
Providence, Rhode Island. He was thirty-five 
years of age at the time of his coming, and 
was accompanied by his wife, Mary, aged 
thirty years. He brought with him a certifi- 
cate from the minister of St. Albans to show 
the authorities at London, lest they delay his 
departure. October 8, 1638, he was one of 
the twelve persons to whom Roger Williams 
deeded land that he had bought of the In- 
dian Sachems, Cononicus and Miantonomo. 
The same year he was elected treasurer of the 
town. In 1639 one of the twelve original 
members of "The First Baptist Church." July 
27, 1640, signed with thirty-eight others in 
an agreement for a form of government. Dur- 
ing the years 1649-53-54-55-56-64-65-66-67 he 
was assistant; in 1656-58-59-61-63 he was 
commissioner; 1665-67-70-71 he was deputy; 
in 1665-66-69-70-71-74-77-81 he was a mem- 
ber of the town council ; in 1669 he was town 
treasurer. His will was proved October 17, 
1682. He married, in England, Mary Small, 
born 1605, died 1679. Children: i. Thomas, 
born 1632; town clerk of Providence, 1664- 
65-66-67, and continuously from 1683 to 
1715: he was an ordained minister of the 
Baptist church ; six years assistant : thirty 
years a member of the town council ; four- 
teen years deputy : he married Elizabeth 
Marsh, died 1722. 2. Epenetus, of further 
mention. 3. Nedediah, born August, 1637, 
died young. 4. Stephen, died 1658, unmar- 
ried. 5. James, died October, 1676, unmar- 
ried ; he was one of those "who staid not 
away" in King Philip's war and so had a 
share in the disposition of the Indian captives 
whose services were sold for a number of 
years. 

(II) Epenetus, son of Thomas and Mary 
(Small) Olney, was born in St, Albans, Here- 
ford county, England, 1634, died June 3, 
1698. lie was a year old when his parents 
brought him to America. He kept tavern 
at Providence. In 1666-76-84-86 he was dep- 
uty : 1695-96-97 he was a member of the town 
council. He married Mary, born 1648, died 
1698, daughter of John and Sarah Whipple. 
Children: i. Mary, born January 13, 1668, 
died 1725; married, May 9, 1692, Nathaniel 



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\\'aterman. 2. James, November 9, 1670, died 
October 6, 1744; married, August 31, 1702, 
Hallelujah Brown. 3. Sarah, September 10, 
1672. 4. Epenetus (2), January 18, 1675, 
died September 18, 1740; married Mary Wil- 
liams. 5. John, of further mention. 6. 
Thomas, born May 18, 1686, died January 
28, 1752; married, June 15, 1710, Patience 
Burlingham. 7. Lydia, January 26, 1688, died 
1727, married Henry Harris. 

(HI) John, son of Epenetus and Mary 
(\Miipple) Olney, was born in Providence, 
Rhode Island, October 24, 1678, died No- 
vember 9, 1754. He was a blacksmith by 
trade. He married, August 11, 1699. Rachel 
Coggeshall, died June 24, 1760. Children: 
John, born May 27, 1701 ; William, February 
22, 1706; Jeremiah, November 4, 1708; Free- 
love, November 10, 171 1; Nebadiah, Febru- 
ary ID, 1715; Stephen, Abigail; Tabitha, 
1733; Jabez. 

(IV) Jeremiah, son of John and Rachel 
(Coggeshall) Olney, was born in Smithfield, 
Rhode Island, November 4, 1708, died 1765. 
He married, 1734, Susanna Brown. 

(V) Ezekiel, son of Jeremiah and Susanna 
(Brown) Olney, was born in Eastford, Con- 
necticut, 1740, died 1826. He served in the 
revolutionary army with the rank of captain. 
He married Mary Warner. 

(VI) Jeremiah (2), son of Ezekiel and 
Mary (W'arner) Olney, was born in East- 
ford. Connecticut, 1775, died 1826. He mar- 
ried Abigail Cheney. 

(VII) Danforth K., son of Jeremiah (2) 
and Abigail (Cheney) Olney. was born in 
Eastford, Connecticut. 1807, died in Catskill, 
New York, 1872. He was a leading lawyer of 
Catskill. He married, 1837, Almira Blanch- 
ard, born 1813, died 1846. Children: Ellen, 
born 1841 : George, 1842; Harriet T., 1844; 
Elisha. 1855. 

(Mil) Harriet T., daughter of Danforth 
K. and Almira (Blanchard) Olney, married, 
April 19, 1872, Samuel Penfield (see Pen- 
field VII). 

(The P.Iancliard Line). 

Almira (Blanchard) Olney, was a descend- 
ant of Thomas Blanchard, who came to Am- 
erica in 1639 on the ship "Jonathan" ; settled 
in Braintree, Massachusetts, where he died. 
The line of descent is through his son, by his 
first wife, whom he married in England. 

(II) Samuel, son of Thomas Blanchard, 
was born in France in 1629, was brought to 
America by his parents in 1639, died in An- 
dover, Massachusetts, 1707. He married, 
1654, Hannah Daggett, born 1646, died 1725. 

(III) John, son of Samuel and Hannah 
(Daggett) Blanchard. was born 1677, died 



at Andover, 1750. He married, 1701, Mary 
Crosby, born 1680, died 1748. 

(IV) Simeon, son of John and Mary 
(Crosby) Blanchard, was born 1726, died 
1796. He married, 1746, Rebecca Sheldon, 
born 1729, died 1814, at Billerica, Massachu- 
setts. 

(V) Justus, son of Simeon and Rebecca 
(Sheldon) Blanchard, was born 1758, died 
183 1, at Catskill, New York. At the age of 
seventeen he joined the patriots on the alarm 
at Lexington, fought with them that memor- 
able day and later at Bunker Hill. He was 
captured by the British and confined in the 
old "Sugar House" on Liberty street. New 
York City. On his release he again joined 
the patriot army. He was with Washington's 
army at Valley Forge, and in their subse- 
quent marches and victories. He married 
Chloe Marshall, born 1767, died 181 1. 

(VI) Joseph, son of Ju.stus and Chloe 
(Marshall) Blanchard, was born in 1788, died 
1850. He married Mary Woodruff, born 
1792, died 1832. 

(VII) Almira, daughter of Joseph and 
Mary (Woodruff) Blanchard, was born 1813, 
died 1S46. She married, 1837, Danforth K. 
Olney. 

(VIII) Harriet T., daughter of Danforth 
K. and Almira (Blanchard) Olney, married 
Samuel Penfield. 



It has been transmitted from 
FANNING one generation to another 
that in the Fanning family 
their ancestor, Edmund Fanning, escaped 
from Dublin in 1641, at the time of the great 
rebellion, and after eleven years of wandering 
and uncertainty he found a resting place in 
that part of New London, Connecticut, now 
called Groton, in the year 1652. On the town 
records his name is not mentioned until ten 
years later, but it is then in such a way that 
denotes previous residence. In the inventory 
of goods of Richard Poole, April 25, 1682, 
one article is "two cows and one steere now 
with Edmon ffanning." After this he had a 
grant of land and is propounded to be made 
a freeman in Stonington. His estate was dis- 
tributed to his widow and four .sons, Ed- 
mund, John, Thomas and William. A de- 
scendant, Captain Edmund Fanning, of Ston- 
ington, Connecticut, in 1797-98-99 made a 
voyage for seals in the ship "Betsey." He 
discovered several islands near the Equator 
not before laid down on any chart. They 
are known as Fannings Islands. Nathaniel 
Fanning, a brother of the discoverer, was an 
officer in the ship commanded by Paul Jones 
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daring: contributed to the brilliant result. He 
was stationed in the maintop of the Ameri- 
can ship and led his men upon the interlocked 
jards to the English ship's top which was 
cleared by the well-directed fire from his men. 
He died in Charleston, South Carolina, Sep- 
tember 30, 1805. 

(H) Thomas, son of Edmund I-'anning, 
was born in England. He married Elizabeth 
Capron, born in England, and settled at Gro- 
ton, Connecticut. 

(IH) Walter, son of Thomas and Elizabeth 
(Capron) Fanning, was born in Groton, Con- 
necticut. Died April 19, 1820, at Gilboa, 
Schoharie county, New York. He enlisted as 
a private. May 9, I775, in Captain Waterman 
Clifif's sixth company in Colonel Samuel Par- 
son's sixth Connecticut regiment of New Lon- 
don, Hartford and Middlesex Volunteers. He 
married, at Preston, Connecticut, November 
6, 1771, Grace Benjamin, who died July 2, 
1832. They had thirteen children among 
whom was Benjamin. 

(IV) Benjamin, son of Walter and Grace 
(Benjamin) Fanning, was born in Preston, 
Connecticut, August 30, 1776, died at Gilboa, 
Schoharie county, New York, 1854. He was 
a well-to-do farmer. He marriecl Christina 
Dies. 

(V) Nelson, son of Benjamin and Chris- 
tina (Dies) Fanning, was born in Gilboa, 
Schoharie county, New York, February 14, 
1808, died in Catskill, New York, February 
28, 1896. The following obituary notice from 
his brethren of the profession is inserted in 
full: "It is scarcely five months since this So- 
ciety was called upon to mourn the death of 
Dr. Nelson Fanning, Senior, of Catskill, New 
York, whose death at an advanced age re- 
moves from this Society its oldest practition- 
er ; from his many patients a warm friend and 
physician ; from the county a reputable and 
upright citizen, and from his family a kind 
and most indulgent father. His burial was 
marked by a large attendance of his friends 
and patients' who thus offered a last tribute 
of res]iect to the memory of a friend and of 
sympathy with the family in their bereave- 
ment. 

"Dr. Nelson Fanning was born at Bristol 
(now Gilboa), February 14, 1808. He began 
the study of medicine in the office of Dr. 
Gaius Halsey of Kortright. Delaware county. 
New York, and graduated from the Berkshire 
Medical College in 1830. He began the prac- 
tice of his profession at Broome (now Cones- 
ville), and in 1837 moved to Gilboa. On the 
25th of September, 1861, he went as surgeon 
with the 134th New York Volunteer Infantry 
to the front, and was present in many en- 



gagements. He was also Brigade Surgeon 
of the nth Army Corps, his commission dat- 
ing from July 23, 1862, under General Si- 
gel, occupying the Chancellorsville church as 
hospital headquarters during the battle of 
Chancellorsville. He returned home from the 
war on account of ill health during the sum- 
mer of 1863, his discharge dating. May 22, 
1863. November i, 1863, he moved to Cat- 
skill in which place he lived and practiced 
steadily until he died, never having been 
known to take a vacation. 

"He became a member of the Greene coun- 
ty Medical Society in 1864, was its vice-presi- 
dent in 1867, and its president in 1867 and 
during 1868. He was elected to permanent 
membership in the New York State Medical 
Society in 1871 and was an Honorary mem- 
ber of the same at the time of his death. He 
also served as supervisor for the town of Cat- 
skill and was coroner, by appointment of the 
Governor for the county of Greene in 1875. 
He died in Catskill, February 28, 1896, at 
the ripe age of eighty-eight years and four- 
teen days, being the oldest practicing physic- 
ian in the county, if not in the state. 

"The funeral took place at Catskill March 
2, 1896 from Christ's Presbyterian church, 
Reverend C. G. Hazzard, pastor of the church, 
officiating. In addition to the tribute offered 
by Mr. Hazzard. Reverend G. A. Howard, 
D. D., former pastor of Christ's Church, 
wrote beautiful letters of condolence to the 
family, he being at Washington at the time, 
and Reverend E. Van Slyke, D.D., of the 
Reformed Dutch church of Catskill assisted 
at the services and spoke feelingly of his 
many good qualities as physician, friend and 
citizen. 

"The local physicians attended in a body 
acting as pall-bearers. The burial was in the 
village cemetery. 

"WnF,RE.\s. In the death of Dr. Nelson 
Fanning of Catskill. New York, this Society 
has lost its oldest and most prominent mem- 
ber, therefore be it 

"Resolved, That the Society hereby express 
its sense of loss and sympathy with the family 
of the deceased in their bereavement, and fur- 
ther be it 

"Resolved, That a copy of this record of 
the life of our late member, together with 
these resolutions, be inscril^ed in the minutes 
of this Society : a copy sent to the family of 
the deceased, and a copy furnished the Cat- 
skill Recorder and Examiner for publication. 

"Committee. Robert Selden. M. D. ; 
Charles E. Willard, M.D. ; Elmore E. Elliott, 
M.D." 




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Dr. Fanning married Anna Howell, daugh- 
ter of Richard and Sarah Hoy, of Albany, 
where Richard Hoy was engaged as a mer- 
chant. Children: i. Mary who died in in- 
fancy. 2. Benjamin, of Gilboa, New York. 
3. Nelson, who was a prominent physician, 
and met with an accident that resulted in his 
death. 4. Walter Dies, died, aged five years. 
5. John Tuttle, died at the age of fifteen years. 
■6. Harriet C. 7. Sarah E. Mrs. Anna (Nancy) 
H. Fanning died January 24, 1893. 



This name is a corruption of 
LESTER Leicester which as a surname 

is taken from the locality of 
that name and has been borne by some of the 
most powerful nobles of Great Britain. The 
first authentic record in New England is of 
Andrew Lester, 1648, although in June and 
July, 1635, John Lester was master of the 
ship "Blessing." As early as 1623, Thomas 
Leister, aged thirty-three, was living at or 
near "James Cittye," Virginia. Andrew Les- 
ter first appears at Gloucester, Massachusetts, 
Avhere he was licensed to keep a house of 
entertainment by the county court, February 
26, 1648-49. The births of four of his chil- 
dren are recorded at Gloucester. He removed 
to New London, Connecticut, in 165 1, where 
he was constable and collector in 1668. He 
died June ", 1669. His first wife, Barbara, 
died February 2, 1653-54, and is the first 
■death of a woman recorded at New London. 
He married (second) Joanna, believed to be 
a daughter of Isaac Willey and widow of 
Robert Hemstead. She died without issue 
prior to 1660. He married (third) Anna 
, who survived him and married (sec- 
ond) Isaac Willey, died 1692. Children by 
first wife: Daniel, born April 15, 1642, set- 
tled in Bolton, Connecticut ; Andrew, born De- 
cember 26, 1644, married Lydia Bailey ; Mary, 
"born December 26, 1647, married Samuel 
Fox; Anna, born March 21, 1651, married 
Thomas Way. Children by third wife : Tim- 
othy, born July 4, 1662; Joseph, born June 
15, 1664: Benjamin, of further mention. 

(II) Benjamin, youngest child of Andrew 
and Anna Lester, was born in New London, 
'Connecticut. He was an inhabitant of New 
London all his fife, and died there in 1737. 
He married Ann, daughter of Thomas and 
Hannah (Isabell) Stedman. She died Janu- 
ary 27, 171 1, "after living with her husband 
twenty-two years, left nine sons and two 
daughters." Only six children are found re- 
corded at New London. Timothy, John, .^nn, 
Benjamin, Isaac and Jonathan. Where the 
other five were born, or if in New London, 
why they were not recorded cannot be ex- 



plained. One of the five was undoubtedly 
Simeon, born early in the year 1700. 

(IV) Simeon, grandson of Benjamin and 
Ann (Stedman) Lester, removed to Lester 
Junction, Vermont, where he 'married Sally, 
daughter of Captain Nathaniel Gove, of Ver- 
mont, a descendant of Major Nathan Gove, 
of Fairfield, Connecticut, assistant 1657-95, a 
"Gentleman" of high reputation in New Eng- 
land. His son Nathan (2) was long engaged 
in the public se'rvice, was recorder of the 
town of Fairfield for many years, assistant 
1694-1723: lieutenant-governor, 1698, chief 
justice of the supreme court of Connecticut, 
1712, Captain Nathaniel Gove was an officer 
of the revolution. Children of Simeon and 
Sally (Gove) Lester: Charles Gove; Maria, 
married Ralph Taylor, of St. Albans, Ver- 
mont. 

(Y ) Charles Gove, only son of Simeon and 
Sally (Gove) Lester, was born 1780, died in 
Bethlehem, Albany county. New York, 1836. 
He was a graduate of Middleburg College, 
Vermont, and was for a long time engaged 
in mercantile business at Montreal, Canada. 
Later he settled in Albany county. Tie mar- 
ried Susan Wells Smith, born in Massachu- 
setts. Children : Charles Smith, of further 
mention : Elizabeth Curtis, married Alembert 
Pond, of Saratoga Springs, New York, a law- 
yer and member of the New York constitu- 
tional convention of 1867-68. 

(VI) Charles Smith, only son of Charles 
Gove and Susan Wells (Smith) Lester, was 
born in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 
15, 1824, died at Saratoga Springs, No- 
vember 17, 1904. He was educated in the 
public schools and at Washington Academy, 
Salem, New York. In September, 1841, he 
entCFed the law office of Crary & Fairchild as 
a clerk, and in October, 1843, removed to Sar- 
atoga Springs where he continued his law 
studies with his uncle. Judge John Willard, 
then circuit judge and vice-chancellor of the 
fourth district. He was admitted to the bar 
as solicitor and counsellor in chancery at the 
age of twenty-one years, and in 1845 to prac- 
tice in the supreme court. He establisiied 
his practice in Saratoga and quickly won pop- 
ular favor. In 1859 he was elected district 
attorney on the Democratic ticket, although 
that party was then in the minority in Sara- 
toga county. He held the office three years, 
and then retired to private practice. In 1870 
he was elected county judge, holding the of- 
fice six years, and after quitting the bench 
again retired to private practice. He had a 
large and varied practice and was especially 
noted for his fidelity and devotion to his cli- 
ents. He was an orator of high order, direct, 



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forcible and logical in his argument, yet pleas- 
ing and happy in his lighter vein. As a judge 
he was noted for his quick dispatch of busi- 
ness and the justice and impartiaHty of his 
decisions. He held many positions of honor 
and trust other than those mentioned. He 
was supervisor of the town ; president of the 
village corporation ; president of the board of 
education ; president of the commercial bank 
and business agent for A. T. Stewart, the 
merchant prince of New Yo^k City, after his 
purchase of the Grand Union Hotel in 1872. 

Judge Lester possessed literary merit of a 
high order, in recognition of which Yale Col- 
lege conferred upon him in 1854 the degree 
of A.M. He married, in 1849, Lucy L. Cooke, 
of Otsego county, New York, born 1828, 
daughter of Timothy Cooke. She survives 
her husband and is now (1910) a resident of 
Saratoga Springs. Children: i. Charles 
Cooke, of further mention. 2. John Willard, 
a graduate of Union College. 3. Susan, mar- 
ried Professor Bernadotte Perrin, of Yale 
University. 4. Colonel James W., born at 
Saratoga, September 8, 1859, a graduate of 
Union College, A.B., class of 1881 ; Columbia 
Law School ; served in the New York Na- 
tional Guard, entering as private, and rising 
through the intervening ranks to colonel, sec- 
ond Regiment, served in the United States 
army during the Spanish-American war as 
major, Second Regiment New York Volun- 
teers, May 2, 1895, to October 25, 1898. He 
is a member of the law firm of C. S. & C. C. 
Lester, of Saratoga Springs, and secretary of 
the United States Hotel Company; member 
of the State Bar Association. He married. 
Bertha North Dowd. Children: James 
Dowd ; Charles Willard, Dudley Gove, Ralph 
Westcott. 

(VII) Charles Cooke, eldest son of Judge 
Charles Smith and Lucy L. (Cooke) Lester, 
was born at Milford, New York, June 27, 
1850. He was educated in the public schools 
of Saratoga Springs and was graduated from 
Union University, A.B., class of 1870, enter- 
ing at the age of si.xteen years, receiving the 
A.M. degree three years later in 1873. He 
decided upon the legal profession and began 
his studies with his father. In 1873 he was 
admitted to the bar and at once formed a 
partnership with Judge Lester under the title 
of C. S. & C. C. Lester, the firm continuing 
until the death of his father in 1904. He 
was a member of the constitutional convention 
of 1894, and in 1901 was elected surrogate 
of Saratoga county, serving until January i, 
1906, when he resigned. In November, 1905, 
he was appointed miscellaneous reporter by 
Governor Higgins ; reappointed to same office 



by Governor Hughes, January, 1907. He is 
the author of the law framed in 1904, sim- 
plifying the proceedings for the sale of real 
estate of decedents for the payment of debts 
and funeral expenses, also of the bill provid- 
ing for recording agreements for the settle- 
ment of estates. He is a learned lawyer and 
a skillful practitioner. He is a member of 
the State Bar Association ; has been a trustee 
of Union College ; representing the Alumni ; 
trustee of Albany Law School ; member Phi 
Beta Kappa fraternity ; State Historical So- 
ciety, and Saratoga Club of Saratoga. He 
married (first) 1876, Catherine Perrin, died 
1886, daughter of Dr. Lavelette Perrin, a 
member of Yale University Corporation. He 
married (second) December 24, 1889, Mary 
Lane, daughter of George O. and Sarah 
(Strachan) Tuck, of Petersburg, Virginia. 
Children : Charles Tuck, born December 14, 
1893 ; Bernadotte Perrin, ]May 19, 1896. 



Aaron Weatherbe was 
W'EATHERBE born September 5. 1780, 

died May 25, 1840. He 
married in August, 1801, Sarah Smith, born 
April 23, 1783, died May 8, 1847. Children: 
Eliza, born February 9, 1803 ; died Decem- 
ber 16, 1842; Sally, January 22, 1805; Aaron,. 
July 17, 1808; Orril, mentioned below; War- 
ren Smith, March 4, 1812, died in March, 
1888; Mary, October 12, 1814; James, De- 
cember ID, 1817; Charlotte, September 13,. 
1820; Caroline, April 7, 1823, died Novem- 
ber ID, 1844. 

(II) Orril, daughter of Aaron Weatherbe,. 
was born March 12, 1810; died May 26, 1891. 

She married (first) BHss ; (second) 

Henry V. Middleworth, who was born in- 
Greenwich, Saratoga county, New York, De- 
cember 7, 18 13, son of Henry and Jemima 
(Flagler) Middleworth. Henry V. Middle- 
worth came to Sandy Hill, New York, about 
1840 from Adamsville, New York, and be- 
came an apprentice to Philip Neer, a wagon 
maker and blacksmith, and in 1831 cstab- 
lisheil himself as a manufacturer of wagons. 
He continued in this business for a number 
of years. Afterward he bought land and 
erected houses in various parts of Washing- 
ton county. New York. His building opera- 
tions in Sandy Hill were very extensive and 
he contributed materially toward the devel- 
opment and improvement of the village. He 
built tiie Middleworth House, which is one 
of the most important business buildings of 
Sandy Hill. He opened River street and' 
laid out Walnut street, which he gave to the 
village. Mr. Middleworth was also for a 
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sympathetic and generous to a fault, and held 
the confidence and esteem of the entire com- 
munity. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Middle- 
worth : I. James Henry, died in infancy. 2. 
Ella Josephine, born August 21, 1843; "lar- 
ried (first) October 25, 1859, Frederick C. 
Burdick; (second) April 16, 1867, Burton 
Cuyler Dennis, of Albany, New York, who 
died October 23, 1890, aged fifty-eight years: 
Mr. Dennis was a clerk for a number of years 
in Albany, coming to Sandy Hill in 1865 and 
conducted the Middleworth House to the time 
of his death; child of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis: 
Fred M. Dennis, born February 21, 1874, died 
June, 1881. 3. Warren H., born June 4, 
1848: married, May 27, 1870, Eunice, daugh- 
ter of Perry and Sophia (Ives) Scoville. 



The ancestor of all who 
DE LAMATER inherit the name De 

Lamater in the United 
States is Claude Le Maitre (De Lamater), 
a native of Richebourg in Artois, France, a 
scion of an ancient family in Picardy. He 
was a Huguenot who, like the Puritan of 
England, found in Holland a temporary home 
as well as a safe refuge from the storm of 
persecution that swept over both countries 
and drove thousands of the best families into 
exile. He located in Amsterdam, Holland, 
where. April 24, 1652, he married Hester, 
daughter of Pierre Du Bois, of that city. 
Claude and Hester Le Maitre came to Ameri- 
ca, where they resided at Flatbush, Long Is- 
land, from 1652 until 1662. Here four of 
their children were born. In 1662 they re- 
moved to Harlem, New York, which was 
their home the remainder of their days. 
Claude was one of the sturdy, successful pio- 
neers of early New York. He secured lands 
by allotment and purchase; held various civil 
and church trusts ; aided in the defense 
against hostile Indians; and by industry and 
thrift accumulated a fortune. He was of a 
determined and obstinate temperament. Be- 
tween 1666 and 1673 he served four terms as 
magistrate. He died about 1683. Hester, his 
widow, survived him many years. Children: 
first four born at Flatbush.: i. Jan (John), 
born 1653, died 1702; married Ruth, daugh- 
ter of Resolved Waldron. and had six chil- 
dren. 2. Abraham, born 1656, removed in 
early manhood with his brother Jacobus to 
Esopus (Kingston), Ulster county, New 
York ; became an elder in the church, and 
prominent in public affairs; married (first) 
Celeste, daughter of Cornelius Vernoye; (sec- 
ond) Elsie Tappan; seven children. 3. Isaac, 
born 1658; married Cornelia Evarts, of Al- 
bany, eight children, was deacon of the Har- 



lem church ; constable and commissioner. 4. 
Susannah, born about 1660; married .\lbert 
Hermans Bussing, two children. 5. Hester, 
born at Harlem, 1662; married Moses Le 
Count De Graf, and resided in Kingston. 6. 
Jacobus, of further mention. 

(II) Jacobus (James), youngest child of 
Claude and Hester (Du Bois). Le Maitre, was 
born at Harlem, about 1665, died 1741. In 
1680 he settled at Kingston, New York, where 
he resided in the section called Marbletown, 
on a farm of two hundred and ninety-six 
acres bought in 1715. He was trustee of 
Kingston village, and a devout member of tiie 
Dutch Reformed church. Me married, in 
1688, at Kingston, Gertrude, daughter of 
]\lartin Cornelis Ysselsteyn, of Claverack.. 
Children: i. Claude, of further mention. 2. 
Isaac, born June 3, 1694, died at Amenia, 
1775; he was known as Captain Isaac, served 
in the French and Indian war; was justice 
of the peace ; married his cousin, Rebecca De 
Lamater. 3. Martha, November 8, 1696. 4. 
Jacobus. 1699. 5. Martin, 1701, married 
Elizabeth Nottingham. 6. Bata, 1705; mar- 
ried John Leg. 7. Hester, 1706. 8. Cor- 
nelius, 1708; married Catalyna Osterhout. 9. 
Jannetke, 1711; married Joris Middagh. lo. 
Susannah, 1713; married Thomas Notting- 
ham. 

(III) Claude (2), eldest son of Jacobus and 
Gertrude (Ysselsteyn) De Lamater (as the 
name was then written), was born 1692, died 
at Qaverack, New York, 1770. He resided 
on the farm at Claverack left him by his fa- 
ther, who divided the Marbletown farm be- 
tween his sons Isaac and Martin. Claude De 

Lamater married Christina , and had 

sons : Jeremiah Jacobus, John, Dirck ; daugh- 
ters : Gertrude, married John M. \'an Valken- 
burgh ; Catalina Christina, married John Van 
Deusen ; Rachel, married John Leggett. 

(IV) Dirck, son of Claude (2) and Chris- 
tina De Lamater, was born at Claverack. died 
at Greenport, New York. He married Thryn- 
tie Osterhout and had issue, including a son 
Claudius. 

(V) Claudius, son of Dirck and Thryntie 
(Osterhout) De Lamater, was born at Clav- 
erack, later settling at Greenport, New York. 
He was a farmer, and a strong supporter of 

the Whig party. He married Elting 

and had issue. 

(VI) Tunis Osterhout, son of Claudius 

and (Elting) De Lamater, was born 

in Greenport, Columbia county. New York, 
where he died. He was a Whig and Repub- 
lican, and a member of the Dutch Reformed 
church. He married Mary (always known 
as Polly), daughter of Nicholas Decker, a 



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prominent, wealthy farmer of the town, de- 
scendant of one of the old families of the 
Hudson Valley. Twelve children, seven of 
whom grew to maturity: i. Jane Ann. 2. 
Henry, see forward. 3. Christina, married 
Henry Seism. 4. Harriet D., married, Feb- 
ruary 14, 1876, Jacob Mandeville Rivenburg, 
born June, 1835, died December, 1900, a 
prominent merchant of Hudson. 5. George, 
■of further mention. 6. Albert, born in 
Greenport. New York, 1842, died at Hudson, 
June 18, igoo; a merchant of Hudson; Re- 
publican in politics, member of the Dutch Re- 
formed church, and of the Masonic order; 
married Albertina, daughter of Jeremiah and 
Ann Sagendorph ; children : i. Maud, married 
John Lee, now of Oklahoma ; two children : 
Jeannette, died in infancy, and Agatha ; ii. 
Clarence, of Poughkeepsie. iii. Jessie, grad- 
uate of State Normal College, Albany, class 
•of 1899: teacher in the public schools of New 
York City; iv. Jennie, twin of Jessie, grad- 
uate of the Nurses' Training School, Hudson 
Hospital. 7. Mary Adalah, married Luke 
Wvnds, now a retired educator living in Fish- 
kili. New York. 

(\'n) George, son of Tunis Osterhout and 
Mary (Decker) De Lamater, was born in 
•Greenport, Columbia county. New York, June 
17, 1838. He has followed farming on a very 
large scale and is an extensive and success- 
ful stock breeder and dealer. His farming 
operations included a large dairy, although the 
feature is not now so prominent. He is an 
ardent Republican, and supporter of the 
Methodist Episcopal church. He married, in 
1865, Sarah Louise, daughter of Dr. Richard 
Henrj' i\Iesick, of Mellenville, a prominent 
physician noted for his skill and liberal treat- 
ment of those unable to pay for his services. 

Dr. Mesick married (first) ; married 

(second) Mary Groot, of a prominent family 
of the town of Ghent ; she died at the age of 
forty-five years; married (third) Mary, 
■daughter of Dr. Elton Palmer, of Mellen- 
ville. Sarah Louise is the daughter of Dr. 
Mesick and his second wife, Mary Groot. 
Children of George and Sarah Louise De 
Lamater: i. Harriet, married Martin H. Sim- 
mons, of Hillsdale, New York ; children : 
Blanche Louise, a teacher, and Myrtle, a 
senior at Hillsdale Free School. 2. Harry, 
born August, 1867, a progressive, successful 
farmer of Hillsdale; married, March 19, 1894, 
\'alona Tyler. 3. Andrew, August 25, 1870, 
-educated at Troy P>usiness College and for 
twelve years bookkeeper for his uncle, Jacob 
Rivenburg; now with the Van Deuscn Com- 
pany of Hudson. 4. Wilbur Mesick, January 
22, 1880; a successful modern farnur witli 



farm in Hillsdale ; married Lillian, daughter 
of James and Philena (Dickey) Benner; 
children: Ira George, born April, 1909; 
Douglas, May. 1910. 5. Ira George, of fur- 
ther mention. 

(\TII) Ira George, .son of George and 
Sarah Louise (Mesick) De Lamater, was 
born on the homestead farm (where his par- 
ents have lived ever since their marriage and 
where all their children were born) at Hills- 
dale, New York, September i, 1883. He was 
educated in the public schools of Hillsdale and 
New Paltz Normal School, spending three 
vears at the latter institution and graduating 
with honor, class of 1904. On the high recom- 
mendation of the principal of his alma mater, 
he secured a position as teacher and for two 
years taught at Hillsdale. Not being satis- 
fied with a teacher's life he took a course at 
Eastman's Business College.took the necessary 
examinations, and was appointed. February i, 
1909, clerk in the railway mail service with 
headquarters at Albany. He has also land 
and farming interests that are cared for by 
others. He is a Republican in politics, and a 
member of the North Hillsdale Methodist 
Episcopal Church. He is unmarried. 

(\TI) Henry De Lamater, eldest son of 
Tunis Osterhout (q. v.) and Mary (Decker) 
De Lamater, was born at the homestead farm 
in Columbia county, New York, January 7, 
1820; died at Hudson, New York, April 5, 
1900. He was educated in the public schools 
and spent his minor years on the farm. He 
later learned the carpenter trade and became 
a well-known contractor and builder. In 
connection with his trade and building opera- 
tions, he owned and operated a farm in the 
town. He was a man of quiet tastes and 
habits ; a member of the Dutch Reformed 
church, and a supporter of the Republican 
party. He figured little in public official life 
beyond serving as commissioner of highways. 
His character was of the highest and no man 
was more truly respected. He married, De- 
cember 5, 1849, Cornelia, twin sister of Cor- 
nelius F. Moul. Children, five dying in in- 
fancy: I. Charles, deceased. 2. Richard, born 
in Greenport, March 6, 1855; educated in the 
public schools, worked with his father on the 
fami. also learned the trade of carpenter; at 
the age of twenty-three years he went to 
Texas where he spent several years ; then re- 
turned to Greenport where he was associated 
with his father in contracting and building; 
since 1900 he has been in business alone; he 
is a Republican in politics ; he married, .Au- 
gust 8, 1902, Anna M., daughter of Philip 
Coons, of Germantown ; no issue. 3. I'Vank 
Spoor, of further mention. 4. Mary Louise, 



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married, December 12, 1882, Charles Henry, 
son of Charles and Frances Bronk, and 
grandson of Henry and' Anna (Sharp) 
Bronk, of Stuyvesant Landing, New York, 
and grandson of Foy Rronk, a descendant of 
Jonas Bronk, one of the founders of upper 
New York in the region now known as the 
"Bronx"; Mr. Bronk resides in Hudson, 
where he is engaged in the jewelry business; 
children: Edw-ard Henry, born March 15, 
1884; in New York Central railroad employ, 
married, December 19, 1905, Blanche Wes- 
cott; Bessie Louise, born January 31, 1889, 
died October 16, 1889; Florence Cornelia, 
born December 20, 1894, died Februay 13, 
1895. 

(VIJI) Frank Spoor, third son of Henry 
and Cornelia (Moul) De Lamater, was born 
in Greenport, Columbia county. New York, 
on the home farm, September 17, 1856. He 
was educated in the public schools, and re- 
mained on the farm with his parents until 
1879. when he purchased the homestead farm 
of his father, and until 1887 remained there, 
engaged in cultivating his own acres. In that 
year he removed to the city of Hudson. He 
had learned the carpenter's trade during the 
years spent wdth his father, and after his re- 
moval to Hudson worked at this trade, be- 
coming a well-known building contractor. He 
has always been a Republican in politics, and 
while living in Greenport served as commis- 
sioner of highways, town clerk and inspector 
of elections; in 1887 he was appointed deputy 
sheriff of Columbia county, holding that posi- 
tion three years. He married. May 20, 1879, 
at Hudson, Mary A., born April 12, 1856, 
daughter of Thomas and Harriet (Clum) 
Lasher, of Germantovvn, New York, a de- 
scendant of Sebastian Loescher (Lasher), 

(The Lasher Line). 
Little is known further of Sebastian loescher 
(Lasher) than he was in all probability a Ger- 
man ; was at West Camp, now town of Saguer- 
ties, Ulster county. New York, in 1710; was 
in the list willing to stay at Livingston Man- 
or, East Camp, now Germantovvn, Columbia 
county, on lands surveyed to them, date of 
August 26, 1724, and that his wife's name 
was Elizabeth. Children: i. Sebastian, born 
1696, married Elizabeth Livingston and had 
nine children. 2. Conrad, of further mention. 
3. (jeorge, married Elizabeth Hemmon and 
had eight children. 4. Maria Elizabeth, born 
April (June) i, 1710. 

(H) Conrad, son of Sebastian and Eliza- 
beth Lasher, was born in 1708. He married 
Angeline Sestis and had children, baptized at 
Athens, Germantown and Rhinebeck, New 



York: i. Gerrit, baptized December 29, 1723; 
lived at Germantown and served in the 
Eleventh Regiment, Albanv county militia, 
during the revolution. 2. Sebastian, of fur- 
ther mention. 3. John, baptized November 
27- 1733: married, April 6, 1756, Christina 
Holtzappel. 4. Anna Maria, baptized March 
6, 1735, died March 15. 1813. 5. George, 
baptized January i. 1739. 6. Conrad, bap- 
tized January 18, 1741. 

(HI) Sebastian (2), son of Conrad and 
Angeline (Sestis) Lasher, was baptized 1729. 
He married Margaret Schumacher, April 4, 

1748, and lived at Germantown. New York. 
Children: i. Conrad B., baptized .August 2, 

1749. died 1824; served as a soldier of the 
revolution in the Tenth Regiment, Albany 
county militia, and was later second lieuten- 
ant of the First Regiment, Dutchess county 
troops; he married Catharine Clum. 2. John 
B.. baptized November 28, 1756, died 1834; 
he was a soldier of the revolution, serving in 
the Eleventh Regiment, Albany county mili- 
tia; married .Annie Moore. 3. Jacob B., of 
further mention. 4. Philip B., baptized Oc- 
tober 29, 1774; married Catharine Moore: 
four children. 5. George B.. died 1849; was 
a .soldier of the revolution, serving in the 
Eleventh Regiment. Albany county militia : 
married Christina Clum. 6. Christina. 7. 
Peter B,, married Gertrude Lasher. 8. Se- 
bastian. 9. Mark, married Christina Best. 
10. Adam, married Catharine Schoonmaker. 

(IV) Jacob B., son of Sebastian (2) and 
Margaret (Schumacher) Lasher, was bap- 
tized August 22, 1773, died 1857. He made 
his will May 5, 1853, proved July 9, 1857. He 
married (first) Maria Saulpaugh (second), 
when about fifty-seven years of age. Cather- 
ine, widow of Jacob Finger. Children, all by 
first wife: 1. Maria, baptized June 8, 1799. 
2. Jacob (2), baptized June 17. 1801 ; mar- 
ried Catharine Malinda Rifenberg. 3. Eliza- 
beth, baptized November 12, 1805, died 1831. 
4. Elias, baptized July 3, 1808: marrie<l Polly 
E. Rockefeller. 5. Thomas, of further men- 
tion. 6. Sally, baptized May 20. 181 5. married 
Jacob I. Lasher. 7. Ephraim, baptized July 
19, 1818; married Jane A. Cole. 

(V) Thomas, son of Jacob B. and Maria 
(Saulpaugh) Lasher, was baptized .April 17, 
1812, died October 21, 1881. He was a resi- 
dent of Germantown. New York. He mar- 
ried, December 4, 1839. Harriet Clum, born 
November 16, 18 16, died November 28, 1874. 
Children: 1. Cyrus, born February 17, 1841 ; 
married, in 1862. Ella Gaul, and resided at 
East Greenbush, New York. 2. Eugene, born 
March 27, 1843; married, in 1873, Mary L. 
Tomlinson, and removed to Webster Citv, 



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Iowa. 3. Jacob C, born January 7, 1845; 
married Katherine E. Van Bramer. and lived 
in \\'ebster City, Iowa ; children : Irving and 
T. Earl. 4. Caroline, born August 28, 1846; 
married, 1873, Charles S. Pratt, and lived in 
Pittsfield, Massachusetts ; child, Mary A. 5. 
Thomas, born March 31, 1850; lives at Web- 
ster City, Iowa, unmarried. 6. Frances, born 
May 5, 1853; married, in 1874, Charles Van 
Buren, and lived at Wilmington, Delaware; 
child, Harriet. 7. Mary A., born April 12, 
1856; married. May 20, 1879, Frank Spoor 
De Lamater ; child, Alice Cornelia, born June 
27, 1883, educated in the public and high 
school of Hudson, learned telegraphy: now 
(1911) manager of the Hudson offices of the 
Western Union Telegraph Company. 



The ancestors of the Salis- 
SALISBURY bury family of Catskill, 

New York, is Silvester 
Salisbury, born in England or Wales about 
the year 1629. That he was a kinsman of the 
ancient family of Salisbury in Denbigshire, 
Wales, is proven by his coat-of-arms, which 
he brought with him from the mother coun- 
try, and which is now in the possession of his 
descendants in Catskill. This coat-of-arms is 
carved in hard wood, and except that the 
demi lion in the crest does not hold a crescent 
or, in its paws is identical with the coat-of- 
arms of the Welsh Salisburys. Two swords 
or rapiers also brought by Silvester Salisbury 
are preserved in the family, one stamped 1544 
and in a hollow near the hilt is the word 
"Sachgum." The other sword bears the date 
1616. Another heirloom is the portrait of 
Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII ; 
said to have been painted by Holbein. That 
he was well educated is shown by his letters. 
In 1664 Silvester Salisbury, being an ensign 
in the English army, took part in the con- 
quest of the New Netherland. In 1670 he 
was sent either as lieutenant or captain to 
take command of Fort Albany, and was al- 
most immediately appointed schout fiscal of 
Rensselaerwyck. The next year he aided in 
making a treay of peace between the Mo- 
hawks and the Indians of New England. Soon 
afterward he was appointed one of the jus- 
tices of the peace of Albany. In 1673 he was 
forced to surrender his post to the Dutch, who 
sent him a prisoner to Spain, at that time an 
ally of the United Provinces. During the 
next year he was released ; returned to New 
York, and placed in command of his old post. 
In 1675 he was sent to England as bearer of 
dispatches to the king. He was probably 
chosen for this mission on account of his 
gentle birth. He was most graciously re- 



ceived by the Duke of York, to whom he had 
been commended by Sjr Edmond Andros. He 
returned to New York in the spring bearing- 
letters from the duke to the governor of the 
province. In one of the letters the duke 
wrote, "I send you this by the hand of Cap- 
tain Salisbury; of him I have a good char- 
acter and therefore would have you remember 
him, upon any fit occasion for his advantage 
in my service." Since 1677 he in company 
with Marte Gerritse Van Bergen becaine the 
purchaser of an immense estate at Catskill, 
included within the boundary of the "Cats- 
kill Patent." But before a patent was ob- 
tained for their purchase Silvester Salisbury 
died. The date is unknown, but it was be- 
tween August 26, 1679, the date of his will, 
and March 24, 1680, the day on which his 
widow was confirmed as executrix of his will. 
He married, in 1669, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Peter Cornelise Beck, a master carpenter 
from Rotterdam. She survived him and mar- 
ried (second) Cornelius Van Dyck, a phy- 
sician of Albany. He died in 1687 and in 
1691 she married (third) Captain George 
Bradshaw, of the English army. Children of 
Captain Silvester Salisbury: i. Pieter, bap- 
tized in New York, March 15, 1676, died in 
infancy. 2. Mary, born August 5, 1678; mar- 
ried, in New York, May 15, 1701, Jacob 
Marius Groven : she was living in 1755. 3. 
Francis, of further mention. 4. Silvester (2), 
died leaving no issue. 

(II) Francis, son of Captain Silvester and 
Elizabeth (Beck) Salisbury, was born in 
1679. He became of age in 1700, but did not 
enter into possession of his father's estate in 
Catskill for several years thereafter, as it 
passed through a long and severe legislation 
before its boundary was finally settled by the 
court of error. While still a lordly domain, 
much of it was lost by the line being estab- 
lished by circular instead of straight lines of 
a specified distance. In the division between 
the Sali.sbury and the Van Bergen families, 
Francis took the northern portion of the low- 
lands, which included the plain on the Katts- 
kill between the highway from Leeds to 
Kaaterskill and Wolcotts Mills. It contained 
forty thousand acres in what is now the town 
of Leeds. Prior to coming into his inherit- 
ance, Francis lived at Albany and Kingston. 
In the autumn of 1699 he enlisted as a pri- 
vate soldier for the defence of the frontier 
against a threatened invasion by the French. 
In 1703 he removed to Catskill and was ap- 
pointed supervisor of the district between the 
Inbogt and the northern bounds of Cox- 
sackie. Two years later he built the Salis- 
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Windham turnpike on the terrace heyond 
Leeds. It was then the largest and most 
costly house between Albany and Nevvburg. 
Its walls were of massive stone quarried from 
the sandstone ledge in the neighborhood and 
pierced with loopholes, reminders of the days 
when all lived in terror of the Indians. Un- 
der the eaves are the initials of the builders 
and the date of building in letters of wrought 
iron, F.S. 1.7.0.5. Here Francis Salisbury 
lived until his death, about 1755. He mar- 
ried r^Iaria, daughter of Abraham Van Gaas- 
beck. of Kingston, New York. She died in 
1756. Children, all baptized in Kingston, ex- 
cept William. i. Laurentia, baptized June 

2, 1695. died young. 2. Sylvester, October 
10, 1697. died unmarried, January 1738-39. 

3. Abraham, December 17, 1699, married, No- 
vember 6, 1730, Rachel, daughter of Wessel 
Ten Broeck. 4. Peter, April 25, 1703, died 
young. 5. Lourens (Lawrence), August 18, 
1706; married, January 2, 1735, Anna Maria 
\'an Gaasbeck. 6. William, January 30, 
1709, died young. 7. Elizabeth, August 3, 
1712, married Rensselaer Nichols. 8. Will- 
iam, of further mention. 

(Ill) William, son of Francis and Maria 
(^■an Gaasbeck) Salisbury, was baptized in 
Kingston, December 25, 1714, died 1801. He 
received by his father's will the farm of Po- 
tick with the house which stands near the toll- 
gate. The house built of stone was erected in 
1730 by Francis Salisbury for his son Abra- 
ham, and was originally a story and a half 
high. He married, March 27, 1740, Teuntje 
(Eunice), daughter of Barent and Neeltje 
Garritse (Van Denberg) Staats. Children: 
I. Sylvester, baptized in Albany, January 27, 
1741, died 1815-16, at the house of his 
brother Abraham at Leeds, Greene county. 
New York; he married, in 1764, Neeltje 
Staats and had eleven children. 2. Francis, 
baptized at Catskill, October 8, 1742, died be- 
fore the date of his father's will ; married, 
January 27, 1772, Elsje, daughter of Joachim 
Staats. and had six children. 3. Neeltje, bap- 
tized in Catskill, November 23, 1744, died 
November 3, 1825; married, December, 1763, 
Henry, son of Pieter and Christina (Costar) 
A'an Bergen, and had nine children. 4. 
Maria, baptized in Kingston, October 12, 
1746, married Nicholas Staats. 5. Barent 
Staats, baptized in Albany, April 3, 1749, died 
April II, 1797; in 1776 he was appointed first 
lieutenant in First Regiment of the New 
'^'ork line and remained in the sen'ice during 
the war of the revolution. He served with 
distinction at the battles of Saratoga, Mon- 
mouth and at Yorl<town. He married, Oc- 
Ttober 13, 1782, Sara, daughter of Solomon 



and Margaret (Sammons) Du Bois, and had 
three children. 6. Elizabeth, baptized in Al- 
bany, May 12, 1751. 7. Annatje, baptized in 
Catskill, January 7, 1756, died young. 8. 
Catrina, baptized in Catskill, March 25, 1758, 
died December 16, 1809; married Benjamin, 
son of Solomon and Margaret (Sammons) 
DuBois, and had seven children. 9. Abraham, 
of whom further. 10. Laurens, baptized in 
Catskill. September 28, 1760, died February 

10, 1825; married Nancy, daughter of James 
Barker, of Freehold, and had three children. 

11. William, baptized in Catskill, July 24, 
1763 : unmarried. 

(I\") Abraham, son of William and Teunt- 
je (Staats) Salisbury, was baptized in Cats- 
kill, October 3 or 8, 1758, died June 16, 1825. 
He inherited the Salisbury homestead and the 
land adjoining, including the farm of Potick 
with the stone house built in 1730 by the first 
Francis for his son .\braham. He married 
(first) Hannah Staats; (second) December 

I, 1799, Rachel Eltinge, widow of 

Van Dusen; she died April 11, 1844, in her 
eighty-sixth year. Children of second wife : 
I. Anna, born June 13, 1800; married. Decem- 
ber, 1825, Henry Lane. 2. William, of fur- 
ther mention. 

(V) William, son of Abraham and Rachel 
Eltinge (\"an Dusen) Salisbury, was born 
August 13. 1 80 1, in the old Salisbury home- 
stead at Leed or "Old Catskill," died at Cats- 
kill, May 12, 1883. At the decease of his fa- 
ther he inherited a large tract of land in the 
most fertile part of the Catskill patent. His 
home at Leeds was the mansion built by 
Francis Salisbury, before mentioned, where he 
resided until overtaken by severe financial 
reverses, when he left the old farm and re- 
moved to the village of Catskill, which was 
his home until death. Throughout his active 
life he was connected with the militia of the 
county and advanced through all grades of 
service from sergeant in 1822 to lieutenant- 
colonel of the Third Regiment ; brigadier- 
general, commissioned July 15. 1835, by Gov- 
ernor William A. March, and major-general 
of the Eighth Division by Governor Silas 
Wright, January 17, 1845. His agricultural 
operations were conducted on a very exten- 
sive scale, and his connection with the Greene 
County Agricultural Society and the Ameri- 
can Institute continued throughout his active 
life. He was progressive in his methods as a 
farmer and stock breeder, and his operations 
along these lines marked an era in the way 
of local development. He was extremely be- 
nevolent and a great lover of nature, particu- 
larly of trees, flowers and domestic animals. 
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HUDSON AND :\IOHAWK \'ALLEYS 



formed church, serving the old chlirch at 
Leeds as deacon, and was one of its most Hb- 
eral supporters. His home at Catskill con- 
tained many rehcs of the past, among them a 
portrait of Queen Anne Boleyn ; the arms of 
the family carved in wood, brought from 
Europe by Captain Silvester Salisbury, to- 
gether with Indian deeds and land grants. 
General Salisbury married Jane Mairs, born 
1813, died 1886, daughter of Rev. James 
Mairs. a minister of Galway, Saratoga coun- 
ty. New York. Children: i. Rachel E.. died 
in 1909. ' 2. James, died in Memphis, Ten- 
nessee. 3. William, died in infancy. 4. Will- 
iam L., died in St. Louis, Missouri. 5. Eliza- 
beth M.. resides in Catskill. 6. Eli H., died 
in Michigan. 7. Romeyn, resides in Brooklyn; 
engaged in wall-paper business; married Lil- 
lie ^L Kenyon, of Brooklyn. New York; 
children : i. Jane K., wife of Harold W. Chap- 
man, and has Chester and Thayer ; Albert T. ; 
Helen ^L 8. Anna, resides in Catskill, New 
York. 



Pearson and Munsell, in 

\'AN ZANDT their early families of Al- 
bany and Schenectady, 
say this name is of Spanish origin and that in 
the earliest records the name was \'an Santen 
and \'an Sant. The first record given is of 
Jan and Jannetje Van Zandt, who had sons, 
Johannes and Joseph. Johannes married 
Margarita \'anderpoel and about 1G93 re- 
moved to New York. 

(H) Joseph, son of Jan and Jannetje \'an 
Zandt, was a Spaniard by birth and was nat- 
uralized December 6, 1715. He was buried 
October 16. 1753. He married Sentje Mar- 
cellis in 1688. Children baptized: Jannetje, 
.August II, 1689; Anna, Aiay 4, 1693; Gerrit, 
( )ctober 4, 1695, married (first) Antje \'an- 
Denliergh, (second) Hester Winne ; Maria, 
January 2. 1698; Anthony, October 27, 1700, 
buried September 2, 1751; Celia, August i, 
1703; David, August 6, 1704; Gysbert, of 
further mention; Celia, June 12, 1709; Jo- 
hannes, married Sara Hilton. 

(HI) Gysbert, son of Joseph and Sentje 
(Marcellis) Van Zandt, was baptized De- 
cember 22, 1706. He married, February 22, 
1740, Margarietje Kaarn (Carel). Children 
baptized: Jo.seph, January 11, 1741, married, 
November 13. 1766, Rebecca DeGarmo; Hen- 
drick, of further mention; Marytje, October 
25, 1747; Elizabeth, .-Xpril 26, 1752. 

(IV) Hendrick (Henry), son of Gysbert 
and Margarietje (Kaarn) (Carel) Van Zandt, 
was baptized October 24, 1742. He was a 
farmer of Albany county. He married Tem- 
perance, daughter of William lohn and — 



(Bradt) Shutta. Temperance lived with; 
Francis Moak, an officer of the revolutionary 
war, whose grandson James married a niece 
of Temperance. During the absence of Fran- 
cis with the army the two women were left 
alone ; one night they were alarmed by seeing 
the face of an Indian at the window ; they 
were greatly frightened and falling upon their- 
knees prayed for protection ; the Indians did 
not molest them further at that time nor aft- 
erward, the Indian chief saying the Moaks 
were their good friends and must not be mo- 
lested. Children of Henry and Temperance 
Van Zandt: Henry; Joseph, of further men- 
tion : David ; John and several daughters. 

(V) Joseph, son of Henry and Temperance 
(Shutta) Van Zandt, was a boot and shoe- 
maker of Jerusalem, a town of New Scot- 
land, Albany county, near Feurabush, New 
York. His lot in the Dutch cemetery was 
bought June 21, 1871, which is supposed to be 
about the time of his death. While tradition 
is that the Van Zandts were of French de- 
scent, Joseph spoke the Dutch language and 
was considered one of the Dutch settlers. He 
married Catherine Long. She was related to- 
the \\'ynkoops, and a sister married an Am- 
berman of Jamaica, Long Island. Children : 
I. I'eter Henry, of further mention. 2. James 
Edward, born in New Scotland, Albany coun- 
ty. New York, died in Rockford. Illinois. He- 
married (first) Emma Wager; (second) 
Alary E. Stewart ; no issue liv either mar- 
riage. 

( \T) Peter Henry, son of Joseph and Cath- 
erine (Long) Van Zandt, was born in Jeru- 
salem, town of New Scotland, Albany county, 
New York, July 9. 1836. died January 14, 
1907. He was a shoemaker by trade and a 
merchant at Eagle Mills, to which place he- 
removed when a young man. He married, at 
Jerusalem, November 19, 1859, Mary Esther, 
daughter of Robert Stafford. Robert Stafford' 
was born August 21. 1816, died June 30, 1884,. 
a son of Elnathan Stafford, of Vermont, a 
soldier of 181 2. who married Mary Ann,, 
daughter of Henry Zeh, of Berne, Albany 
county, New York. Children of Peter Henry 
Van Zandt: i. Charles Edward, born at 
Eagle Mills, New York, August 29, i860; 
educated in the public schools ; was with his 
father for nine years until 1888, when he 
removed to Troy, where he was a bookkeep- 
er for fourteen years ; he became secretary 
and assistant treasurer for the "Burt Shirt 
Manufacturing Company," of Troy, in 1899; 
in 1910 the company reorganized as the "Burt 
Shirt Company," headquarters at Troy. New 
York, in which he holds the same offices ; in- 
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organized, of which he is secretary. He is a 
Prohibition RepubHcan, and ran for comp- 
troller of Troy on the Prohibition ticket. He 
is a member of the Church of Christ, of which 
he is trustee. He married, December 17, 

1883, \iola Hedden. born February 20, 1863, 
died July 28, 1908: no issue. 2. Clarence El- 
mer, of whom further. 3. Edna May, a grad- 
uate of Hiram College. Ohio (in music) ; mar- 
ried, June 23, 1907, Howard Xorman Conrad; 
child. Ralph, born August 29, 1908. 

(MI) Clarence Elmer, youngest son of 
Peter Henry and Mary Esther (Stafford) 
\'an Zandt, was born at Eagle Mills, Rens- 
selaer county, New York, November 7, 1861. 
He was educated in the public schools, and 
Albany State Normal (I^ollege, graduating 
therefrom in class of 1880. He taught school 
for a short time, then became a bookkeeper 
and cashier of the Boston Store of Troy, New 
York. About 1890, in company with John E. 
Jacobs, he founded a collar business, begin- 
ning in a small way, and this increased stead- 
ily until it assumed its present large propor- 
tions, the industry now (1910) giving employ- 
ment to some fifteen hundred people. In 
1904 the Van Zandt, Jacobs Company was in- 
corporated for the manufacture of shirts, col- 
lars and cuffs. Mr. \an Zandt is president of 
the company, vice-president of the Albia Box 
Company, treasurer of the Burt Shirt Com- 
pany, and director of the National State Bank 
of Troy. He is a man of great business ca- 
pacity, and is a natural leader. He is a Pro- 
hibitionist in politics, and enforces his opin- 
ions with his ballot. He is a member and 
elder of the Church of Christ, and devoted to 
its tenets. He is prominent in the Masonic 
order, holding thirty-second degree Scottish 
Rite, and a member of the lodge, chapter and 
commandery of the York Rite. He is a mem- 
ber of the Troy Club. He married, June 15, 

1884. Carrie Derrick Abbott, born in Rens- 
selaer county. New Y'ork, daughter of Henry 
and Martha J. (Derrick) Abbott. Children: 
Gladys A., now senior at Vassar College : 
Marjorie, now senior at the Emma Willard 
School. The sisters will graduate the same 
day in 191 1. 



The progenitor of the Down- 
DOWNING ings of" Troy, New York, 

was David Downing, born in 
County Tyrone, and raised in Ireland. He 
came to Troy when a young man, direct from 
his native land. He prospered in his adopt- 
ed city, and owned a plant suitable for gen- 
eral teaming purposes. He married Jane Mc- 
Crossan. of Glasgow, Scotland. Children: i. 
Eliza, married William McGillivrae, of Troy ; 



children : Margaret E., Leila Kate. Edward 
Otto; Eliza is buried in Rural cemetery, Al- 
bany. 2. Sarah Jane, unmarried : buried in 
Mount Ida cemetery. 3. Harriet Blatchford, 
born in Troy, 1851 ; married John S. Mack- 
lin, of Watervliet ; they removed to St. Louis, 
Missouri, where he died February 21, 1906, 
aged fifty-six; no issue. 4. John J., served in 
the civil war; buried at Mount Ida cemetery. 
5. David Smith, served in the civil war : buried 
at Mount Ida cemetery. 6. Samuel Hamilton, 
served in the civil war; buried at Harrison's 
Landing. 7. Edward Halley, see forward. 

(II) Edward Halley, youngest son of Da- 
vid and Jane (McCrossan) Downing, was 
born in Troy, New York, in 1849, died in that 
city, 1903, and is buried in Oakwood ceme- 
tery. He was educated in public and private 
schools. He entered the employe of the Bur- 
dens in fheir mills where he was employed 
until 1864. In that year he enlisted in Com- 
pany A, Twenty-first Regiment. New York 
Cavalry, and went to the front during the 
civil war. He was wounded in a skirmish 
and taken prisoner, was confined in Libby 
pri-son for a time, but the end of the war 
coming soon after his imprisonment he did 
not partake of the earlier horrors of the his- 
toric prison. After the war he returned to 
Troy and obtained an appointment as letter 
carrier. He remained but a short time, then 
again entered the employ of the Burdens, 
where he was in charge of one of their most 
im])ortant inventions, the horseshoe-making 
machine. Later he entered the employ of 
William Kemp, of Tro>-, engaged in the 
manufacture of articles of brass composition. 
He remained with William Kemp until his 
retirement about five years prior to his de- 
cease. He was a member of the Park Pres- 
byterian Church of Troy, and a Republican, 
but took no active part in politics. He mar- 
ried Anna Brown, daughter of John Cantrell, 
of Troy. Child : Harold Kemp, of whom 
further. 

(III) Harold Kemp, only child of Edward 
Halley and Anna Brown (Cantrell) Down- 
ing, was born in Troy, New York, Septem- 
ber 21, 1875. He was educated in the public 
sdiools of Troy, New York, and began his 
business career as messenger boy in the Na- 
tional State Bank of Troy, rising through 
successive promotion until February i, 1898, 
when he was appointed receiving teller of 
the Manufacturers' .National Bank, where he 
remained until December, 1901. At the or- 
ganization of the Troy Trust Company in the 
latter year he was elected assistant secretary 
and treasurer. In 1907 he was elected treas- 
urer, an office he is now (1910) filling. His 



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HUDSON AND :\IOHAWK VALLEYS 



entire business life has been spent in banking, 
and he occupies a commanding position 
among the financier of his native city and 
state. He is also assistant treasurer of the 
Rensselaer Improvement Company of Troy. 
He served in the Troy Citizens Corps from 
1894 to I goo, ranking as corporal. He is a 
member of Christ Protestant Episcopal 
Church, and in politics a Republican. He 
stands high in the Masonic order, both in the 
York and Scottish Rites, belonging to Com- 
■mandery. Consistory and Shrine. Is a mem- 
ber of the IMasonic Club of Troy and the 
■Commercial Travelers' Association, and presi- 
dent of the Alumni Association of the Troy 
High School. He married, June i, 1899, Jen- 
nie Riggs, daughter of Cornelius Luckerhofif. 
of Boston. Mr. Luckerhoff was manager of 
a large estate in Boston, but in igo8 settled in 

Troy; he married Gertrude, daughter of 

and Eleanor Riggs. Harold Kemp and Jen- 
nie (Riggs) Downing have a daughter 
Eleanor. 



Edward Hogben was born in 
OGDEX Sandgate. England: married 
and had children : Charlotte, 
Thomas, George, Eliza and Edward. 

(11) Edward (2). son of Edward (i) 
Hogben, was born in Sandgate, England, 
November 11, 1826, died in Albany. New 
York. September 23, 1900. He was an archi- 
tect by profession, and a man of good educa- 
tion and fine ability. He came to the United 
States and settled in Albany, where he fol- 
lowed his profession. In some manner the 
name after coming to Albany became Ogden, 
and as such he was known everywhere. He 
admitted his son Charles G. to a partnership 
under the firm name of Ogden & Son. archi- 
tects. He married Julia Hand (.see Hand 
A'll), born 1827, now living in Albany, New 
York. Children: Edward (3), deceased: 
Mary, married George H. Stevens, of Albany, 
■child, Ogden Stevens ; Jennie, deceased ; 
Charles G., of further mention. 

(Til) Charles G., son of Edward (2) and 
Julia (Hand) Ogden, was born in Albany. 
New York, January 25, 1858. He was edu- 
cated at Albany in a private school and at the 
Boys' Academy, continuing his studies there 
initil seventeen years of age. At eighteen he 
iDcgan the .study of architecture with his fa- 
ther, and in 1892 was admitted to a partner- 
ship. The firm of Ogden & Son established 
offices at 61 State street, and conducted a 
large and successful business. After the 
death of Edward Ogden in 1900, Charles G. 
•continued the business alone at the same lo- 
■catiiin. During his jirofessional career, Mr. 



Ogden has planned many noted buildings in 
Albany, in New York state and throughout 
the United States. Some of his more impor- 
tant works in Albany include St. John's Ro- 
man Catholic Church in the South End ; Aca- 
demy of The Holy Name and the Young 
Women's Christian Association building. He 
married, September 6, 1881, Lizzie D.. daugh- 
ter of Peter Kinnear, of Albany. Children: 
Kenneth, born March 3, 1884; Jane, Septem- 
ber 6, 1893. 

(The Hand Line). 

The Hands originally came from England, 
settling at Lynn, Massachusetts. The tradi- 
tion is that the emigrant ancestor returned to 
England to obtain his share of some property 
which he inherited in common with others, 
and on his return voyage was murdered. He 
left two sons, of whom John of Easthampton 
is the progenitor of the family here recorded. 
The English arms of the family are: "Argent, 
a chevron azure between three hands, gules. 
Crest : on a wreath argent and gules a buck 
trippant or." 

John Hand was one of the nine first settlers 
of Easthampton, Long Island, coming as did 
five others from Lynn, Massachusetts. He 
was originally from the village of Stanstede 
in the county of Kent, England. The exact 
date of his coming to Easthampton is not 
known, but a power of attorney given by him 
is dated October 31, 1649, which is probably 
the year after the settlement. His name ap- 
pears on a whaling list at Southampton in 
1644. One of the oldest deeds on record 
in Easthampton is dated 1660 for lands pur- 
chased by John Hand and others from the 
Indians. He died 1663. He married Alice, 
sister of Josiah Stanbrough, one of the early 
settlers of Southampton. Children : John, 
Stephen, Mary, Joseph of further mention, 
Benjamin, Thomas, Shamgar and James. 

(II) Joseph, son of John and Alice 
(Stanbrough) Hand, was born 1638, died 
January, 1724. He removed to Guilford, 
Connecticut, the other children are supposed 
to have remained on Long Island. He mar- 
ried, 1664, Jane, daughter of Benjamin and 
Jane Wright, of Killingworth, Connecticut. 
Children: Sarah, born March 2, 1666, died 
1751; Jane, September 9, 1668, died Decem- 
ber 13, 1683; Joseph (2), April 2, 1671 ; Ben- 
jamin, February 8, 1673; Stephen, of further 
mention: Elizabeth, RIarch 12, 1677, married 
Benjamin Wright; Silence, March 12, 1679. 
married Ephraim Wilcox; Annie. July 10. 
1683. married Jonathan Wi-ight ; Jane, April 
25. 1686. married Cornelius Dowd. 

(Tin .'^tephen. son of Joseph and Jane 
(^\■right) Hand. Ixirn February 8, 167(1. "died 





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in Guilford, Connecticut, August 14, 1755. 
He married (first) November 6, 1700, Sarah 
AN'right, died September 18, 1706. Children: 
Joseph, died young; Joseph (2), of further 
juention; ]\lary, born October 30, 1704, mar- 
ried Josiah Meigs ; Sarah, September 9, 
1706; Stephen. He married (second) No- 
vember 16, 1708, Sarah, daughter of Abra- 
ham Pierson, of Killingworth, Connecticut. 
Children: Stephen, born June 13, 1710; Abi- 
gail, October 20, 1712, married Daniel Brad- 
ley. 

(I\V) Joseph (2), son of Stephen and Sarah 
(Wright) Hand, was born in Guilford, Con- 
necticut, January 10, 1703. He married, Au- 
gust 31, 1731, Hannah, daughter of Na- 
thaniel Holabird. Children: Sarah, died 
young; Sarah (2), died young; Samuel, born 
February 5, 1736; Sarah (3). March 30, 
1744, married William Throop; Joseph, of 
further mention ; Hannah, December 28, 
1753, married Jared Leet. 

(\') Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2) and 
Hannah (Holabird) Hand, was born April 
15, 1749. He married, May 8, 1771, Pru- 
dence Wright. Children : Luman, Stephen, 
Prucia, Sarah, Amiinda, Elizabeth, Huldah, 
Josiah, of further mention. 

(\'I) Josiah, soa of Joseph (3) and Pru- 
dence (\\'right) Hand, was born about 1790. 
He married Jane Pierson and had issue. 

(MI) Julia, daughter of Josiah and Jane 
(Pierson) Hand, was born 1827. She mar- 
ried Edward (2) Ogden (Hogben). 



The early spelling of this name 
AL^BEE was JNIebie, and in that form was 

borne by Jan Pieter Mebie, the 
Dutch ancestor, who was of Schenectady, New 
York, at an early date. His home lot in the 
village was on the east side of Church street, 
next door to the Dutch church. He also had 
farm land on the Third Flat on the south 
side of the Mohawk, eight miles above Sche- 
nectady. The house on the farm, known as 
the "Old Mebie House," was built or at least 
its stone walls date from 1670-80, and is 
doubtless the oldest house in the Mohawk 
A'alley. In 1697 Rode, a Mohawk Sachem, 
called Dirk by the settlers, with the consent 
of all the other Indians, granted eighty acres 
•on both sides of Schoharie Creek to Jan Pie- 
ter Mebie. who married Anna Pietrcse, daugh- 
ter of Pieter Jacobus Borsboom. He made 
his will, April 3, 1725, died April 8, following. 
Children : Pieter, of further mention ; Cath- 
erine, married Arent Samuelse Bratt, died 
1773, aged eighty-two years, two months, sev- 
enteen days; Annetje. baptized April 16, 1693, 
in Albany, married Helmers Veeder; Abra- 



ham, baptized June 26, 1695; Engletie, No- 
vember ID, 1697, married Pieter Danielse 
Van Antwerp; Jacob, baptized May 5, 1700, 
died April 18, 1755; Maritje, married Cor- 
nells Van Dyck ; Margaret. 

(II) Pieter, son of Jan Pieter and Anna P. 
(Borsboom) Mebie, was baptized in Albany, 
New York, January 20, 1686. He settled on 
the north side of the Mohawk river on "Arent 
Mebie's Kill," just north of the stone bridge 
on the New York Central railroad. He mar- 
ried, November 12, 1721, Susanna, daughter 
of Arent Vedder. Children baptized : Anna, 
October 26, 1722, married Abraham Van Ant- 
werpen; Sara, March 21, 1725, married Abra- 
ham Yates; Johannes, January 19, 1728; 
Arent, 1729; Margarieta, April 15, 1733; 
Marietta, October 13, 1734; Hermanns, Oc- 
tober 9, 1737; Maria, April 13, 1740; Petrus, 
November 14, 1742; Rebecca, October 6, 
1745, married Simon Van Antwerpen. 

(III) Jan (Johannes), son of Pieter and 
Susanna (Vedder) Mebie, was born Janu- 
ary 10, baptized January 19, 1728, died No- 
vember 24, 1796, and was buried in the Fifth 
Flat. He married, December 13, 1755, Alida, 
daughter of Simon Toll, a revolutionary sol- 
dier who served under Colonel Philip Schuyl- 
er, First Regiment, and in the Fourteenth 
under Colonel John Knickerbocker. Children 
baptized: Susanna, May 2, 1757; Simon, Au- 
gust 2, 1 76 1, died young; Pieter, August 5, 
1764, "a practitioner of physic"; Hesje, No- 
vember 9, 1766; Simon, August 13, 1769. The 
family residence had up to 1705 Ijeen in and 
around Schenectady. In that year "John Mabie 
was granted eighty acres of land in the town 
of Glen, and in 1722 a tract of six hundred 
acres was granted to his brother Peter ( Pe- 
trus)." Jan and Peter are believed to have 
been the first permanent white settlers in the 
town of Glen, Tryon county, now Montgom- 
ery county. New York. 

'(IV) Simon, son of Jan and Alida (Toll) 
Mabie, was born July 21, 1769, at Westina, 
Albany county, and baptized August 13, 1769. 
In 1799 he was a resident of the town of 
Charleston, with his wife, Susannah. About 
1797 he and his brother Pieter built the first 
sawmill and carding machine in that section. 
(This is now the town of Glen. Montgomen,' 
county.) In 1799 Jan (John) sold his land 
there, and probably returned to Schenectady. 
He served in the revolutionary war as a pri- 
vate of the Second Regiment, Albany county 
militia. Colonel .Abraham Wcmple command- 
ing. He married Susannah Nexsen, and had 
issue: Catherine G., George J. W.. Jacob S. 
G. and Elias A. N. 

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mon and Susannah (Nexsen) Mabee, was 
born in the town of Charleston, Montgomery 
county, New York, February i6, 1814, died 
September 25, 1870. He was educated in the 
pubhc schools, and became a merchant of 
New York City with a home in Brooklyn. 
He was a member of the wholesale drug firm 
of Williams, RIabee & Clapp, whose place of 
business "at Old Slip" was totally destroyed 
in the disastrous fire that devastated New 
York City in 1835. Later he engaged in the 
same business under his own firm name. He 
married Margaret Tiers Nostrand, born Feb- 
ruary 7, 1818, died September 27, 1900, 
daughter of Foster and Christianna (Tiers) 
Nostrand, of the old New York family. Chil- 
dren : I. Foster Nostrand, born December 6, 
1839, educated in the public schools, enlisted 
in the Seventh Regiment New York Volun- 
teers, April 18, 1861, went to the front with 
his regiment and served through three cam- 
paigns and is a member of the Seventh Regi- 
ment Veteran Association. For eighteen 
years he was chief paymaster for the Erie 
railroad with headquarters at Owego, Tioga 
county, New York, which is still his legal 
home. Since 1896 he has been statistician of 
the New York state department of excise, 
created in that year. He is a member of the 
Masonic order, in which he holds high posi- 
tion; is past master of Friendship Lodge, No. 
153; past high priest of Jerusalem Chapter, 
No. 47, both of Owego ; past eminent com- 
mander of Malta Commandery, No. 21, Bing- 
hamton ; past grand commander of New 
York State Grand Commandery, Knights 
Templar; thirty-second degree Mason of 
Corning Consistory; a charter member of 
Mecca Temple. New York City, and past 
grand sword bearer of the New York Grand 
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. Politi- 
cally a Republican, and in religious faith an 
Episcopalian. He married Sarah Elizabeth 
Campbell and his children : Susan Campbell 
and Marian Bowers. 2. Edward Tiers, born 
March 22, 1841, died August 12, 1843. 3- 
George J. W., born October 26, 1842, resi- 
dent of Denver, Colorado. 4. Emily Tiers, 
born May 8, 1844, married George Cronyn, 
whom she survives, a resident of Brooklyn, 
New York. 5. Julia Bach, born April 5, 1846, 
married Edward Schofield, and resides in 
Brooklyn, New York. 6. Douglass William, 
of further mention. 7. Addie Tiers, born 
December 27, 1851, died January 16, 1897. 8. 
Maggie Nostrand, born September 12, 1853, 
died October 21. 1862. 9. Courtland Bab- 
cock, born July 21, 1855. 10. John AlLston, 
born May 25, 1857, died September 13, 1899. 
II. William Marsh, born January 30, 1859. 



(MI) Douglass William, son of George 
James Warren and Margaret Tiers (Nos- 
trand) Mabee, was born in Brooklyn. New 
York, March 5, 1848. He was educated in 
the public schools, and entered business life as 
a clerk in his father's wholesale drug house in 
New York City. For several years he was 
ticket agent for the Erie railroad at Bing- 
hamton, New York. After his marriage he 
became manager of the estate of his father-in- 
law, George West, of Ballston Spa, New 
York, and now resides at Saratoga Springs. 
He is a member of Saratoga Lodge, Benevo- 
lent and Protective Order of Elks of Sarato- 
ga ; Knights of Pythias, of Ballston Spa; 
member of Saratoga Club, Eutopian Club of 
Ballston and the Republican Club of New 
York City. He is vice-president of the Adi- 
ondack Trust Company, of Saratoga, direc- 
tor of the First National Bank of Ballston 
Spa, director of the National Folding P.ox 
& Paper Company of New Haven, Connecti- 
cut. He married, October 13, 1875, Florence 
Louise, daughter of Hon. George and Louisa 
West, of Balston Spa. Children: i. Louisa 
West, married William P. Boone ; they have 
three children: Douglass M., John Rowan, 
Florence Mabee. 2. George West, married' 
Blanche Aiken Wiley. 3. Douglass Walter, 
married Edna L. Marvin ; they have one child, 
Edna Louise. 4. Alfred Lounsbury. 5. Flor- 
ence Jane, married C. H. R. Compton ; two- 
children : William R. and Douglass M. 6. 
David Walton. 7. Margaret Nostrand. 



The Odell family, so long occu- 
ODELL pying a prominent place in the 
county of Westchester. New 
York, descend from William Odell, who was 
of Concord. Massachusetts, 1639. He came 
to New England with the Rev. Peter Bulkley, 
who was rector of the parish of Odell in Bed- 
fordshire, England, 1620. William Odell' 
died at Fairfield, Connecticut, June. 1676, 
and from his sons John and William the West- 
chester family spring. The family have been' 
eminent in war, politics and business. 

Jonathan Odell, the Patriot, great-grandfav 
ther of William Odell, owned a large estate- 
in the town of Greenburg, Westchester coun- 
ty, and lived in the old Stone Inn, still stand- 
ing on the roadside at Albottsford just below 
Irvington. This old Odell Inn at Albottsford 
was erected by Captain John Harmse prob- 
ably as early as 1693. It is noted as having 
been the building in which a session of the 
provincial assembly was held August 31, 
1776. Jonathan Odell served in Colonel Sam- 
uel Drake's regiment, Westchester county 
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HUDSON AND MOHAWK VALLEYS 



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He was lield a prisoner in the old Sugar 
House Prison at New York City for a time 
and suffered much loss of property from the 
depredations of the British General Vaugh 
and his troops. Jackson Odell, also a soldier 
of the revolution, was probably a brother of 
Jonathan. The line of descent is thus traced. 

( I ) William Odell. of Concord, .Massachu- 
setts. 

(ID William (2), son of William (1) 
Odell. married \'owles. 

(HI) John, son of William (2) Odell, 
married Johanna Turner. 

(I\') Johannes, son of John Odell, mar- 
ried Johanna Vermilye. 

(\') Jackson, son of Johannes Odell, born 
in Westchester, New York, about 1735, served 
in the revolutionary war under Colonel Van 
Cortlandt. He lived and died in his native 
county, married and left a son, Jackson. 

(Vi) Jackson (2), son of Jackson (i) 
Odell, was born in Van Cortlandt, Westches- 
ter county. New York, in 1770, died there in 
middle life. He was a farmer. He married and 
had children; i. John, of further mention. 2. 
William, a farmer of Peekskill, New York ; 
married Hattie Ten Eyck. 3. Gilbert, mar- 
ried Kate Foster. 4. Nathan, lived and died 
a farmer of Westchester county ; he married 
and had issue. 5. Sarah, married Hiram 
Booth. 

(MI) John (2), eldest son of Jackson 
(2) Odell, was born in Van Cortlandt, West- 
chester county. New York, in 1790. died near 
Peekskill, New York, in 1845, and is buried 
with his wife in the old Van Cortlandt church- 
yard. He was a farmer, a Whig and member 
of the ]\lethodist Episcopal church. He mar- 
ried Nancy Foster, born in 1800, died in 1866, 
daugiiter of Robert and Martha Foster, both 
of Westchester county, where they died, leav- 
ing children : Nancy, Kate, Phoebe, Charlotte, 
Ruth, Robert, John and James, all of whom 
lived to mature years, married and reared 
families. Children of John and Nancy (Fos- 
ter) Odell: I. Isaac, "died unmarried at the 
age of twenty-two years. 2. Sarah, married 
Jacob Lent, of Peekskill, New York, both now 
deceased ; children : .Arthur and Martha, both 
married and have families ; residence Peeks- 
kill. 3. Martha, married Elias MacLean, and 
lived in Peekskill, where they died, leaving 
Jane, who married Captain L. C. Trott. 4. 
John W., of further mention. 

(VIII) John W., son of John (2) and 
Nancy (Foster) Odell, was born on the Odell 
farm near Peekskill, New York. .September 
10, 1839. He grew up on the farm, and was 
educated in the schools of Peekskill. He was 
reared to habits of industry, and at the age of 



eleven years was self-supporting. These hab- 
its of industry and thrift contributed in a 
large measure to his success in after life. He 
was not contented with a farmer's life, and 
leaving home began teaming and trucking. 
In this manner he secured a foothold in the 
business world, and made many friends who 
were disposed to help a young man of such 
energy as he displayed. In 1876 he sold his 
teaming outfit and came to Albany. Here he 
secured an appointment as special deputy 
sheriff and held that office eleven years. He 
saw an opportunity to increase his capital and 
purchased a small restaurant, which he oper- 
ated for six years, when he disposed of it at 
a good profit. His next venture was in a 
large restaurant at Troy, New York, which 
he did not long operate, selling out and re- 
turning to Albany where he purchased the 
Globe Hotel Restaurant. Here he success- 
fully continued the catering business for ten 
years, then retired after eighteen years spent 
as a caterer. During these years he had pros- 
pered and he invested his profits in real e,s- 
■ tate, to the management of which he now de- 
votes his entire attention. He owns several 
apartment houses and other business renting 
dwellings in Albany and has other business in- 
terests. He is a member of the Masonic or- 
der, belonging to Lodge, Chapter, Temple and 
Consistory, being a thirty-second degree Ma- 
son. Politically he is a Republican. He mar- 
ried (first) in Peekskill, Theodosia Hadden, 
born in Peekskill X'alley, 1849, died in 1886, 
without issue. He married (second) in Al- 
bany, Sarah Coleman, born in Leicestershire, 
England, daughter of John and Fannie (Tur- 
ner) Coleman, of old English families. She 
came to the United States in 1879, and is an 
earnest member of the First Methodist Epis- 
copal Church of Albany, as is her husband. 
He served as steward for several years and 
since 1906 has been trustee. A handsome 
memorial window in the church is the gift of 
John W. and Sarah Odell. 



The Dorrs are an ancient luiglish 

DORR family. Joseph Dorr, ancestor, 

came to .America from England in 

1670. took the oath of fealty at Pemaquid, 

purchased land in Bo.ston in 1674, afterward 

removed to Roxbury, where he died. 

The family in .Mbany herein traced descent 
from Edmund, son of Joseph Dorr, born in 
England, died in 1734, at the age of eighty- 
six years. He came to .America in 1674, 
landed in Boston. later settling in Roxbury, 
Massachusetts, near Boston, where he be- 
came selectman and influential in town affairs. 
He married (first), 1679, Elizabeth Howley, 



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of Roxbury, born 1656, died 1719, in Rox- 
bury. He married (second) Elizabeth D. 
Clapp, born 1669, died 1773. Children, all by 
first wife: i. Edward, born 1680, died in in- 
fancy. 2. Ann, died in infancy. 3. Edward, 
died in infancy. 4. Edward, died in infancy. 

5. , unmarried. 6. Edmund, born 1686, 

died in infancy. 7. Ebenezer, June 7, 1688, 
died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, February 
25, 1761 ; married and left numerous descend- 
ants. 8. Rev. Joseph, 1690, died March 9, 
1760; a graduate of Harvard College, was 
ordained to the ministry and settled over the 
church at Minden, Worcester county, Massa- 
chusetts, for forty years. His son, Joseph 
(2) Dorr, attained local eminence and left a 
notable posterity. He had several daughters 
all of whom married clergymen. 9. Edmund, 
of whom further. 10. Harbottle, born May 
II, 1696; married and settled in Boston; chil- 
dren: Susannah, born January 24, 1725, died 
unmarried; Harbottle (2), born January 24, 
1729, died unmarried. 11. Elizabeth, married 

— Scutt. 12. Clarence, born July 17. 

1700; married, July 8. 1725, a daughter of 
Edmund Weld, and had six children. 

(II) Edmund (2), ninth child of Edmund 
(i) and Elizabeth (Hawley) Dorr, was born 
in Roxbury, October 19, 1692. He settled in 
Lyme, Connecticut, where he died November 
21, 1776. He married, in Lyme, September 
24, 1719, Mary, born April 24, 1794, daugh- 
ter of Matthew and Phoebe (Hyde) Gris- 
wold, of Lyme, both prominent families of 
early Connecticut. Children: i. George, born 
August 4. 1720; was a lawyer and magistrate 
of Lyme for thirty-three years, and attorney 
for the king for thirty-three years; died 1786. 

2. Rev. Edward, born November 2, 1722, a 
graduate of Yale College; married Helena, 
daughter of Governor Talcott, of Connecticut ; 
he settled in Hartford, where he was pastor 
of the First Church ; died there October 20, 
1772, without issue. The Rev. Dorr is buried 
in the old Centre Church cemetery. The stone 
covering the Rev. Dorr's grave is a table 
monument, on which is cut the following in- 
scription : 

"Here lies interred the body of The Rev- 
erend Edward Dorr, the late Learned and 
Pious Pastor of the first church of Christ in 
Hartford, who departed this life Oct. 20th 
Anno Domini 1772 in the 50th year of his age 
and 25 of his ministry 

And Jesus said I am the 
Resurrection and the Life." 

3. Matthew, of whom further. 4. Elizabeth, 
i)orn 1725; married (second) Dr. Elisha 
Tracy, of Norwich, Connecticut. 5. Mary, 



born 1727, died July 6, 1742. 6. Eve, born 
1733; married George Griffin, of East Had- 
dam, Connecticut. 7. Deborah, born 1739, died 
1768, unmarried. 

(III) Matthew, third son of Edmund (2) 
and ^lary (Griswold) Dorr, was born in 
Lyme, Connecticut, 1724, died at Athens, 
Ohio, 1801. He married (first) November 4, 
1747. Elizabeth Palmer. She died about 
1775. He married (second) Lydia Wood, 
died at Athens, Ohio, 1815. By first wife he 
had seven sons and three daughters; by sec- 
ond wife three sons and two daughters. 

(IV) Elisha, son of Matthew and Elizabeth 
(Palmer) Dorr, was born in Lyme, Connecti- 
cut, March 27, 1764, died in Albany, New 
York, April 30, 1843. He came to Albany 
when a young man and became a furrier and 
dealt in furs and skins, many of which he 
bought of John Jacob Astor, a business he was 
engaged in until his retirement through ad- 
vancing years. He was surrogate of Albany 
county, 1808-10, and an incorporator and di- 
rector of the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank. 
He was a member, deacon and elder of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Albany and a 
potent force for good in the city. He mar- 
ried, in Albany, Elizabeth Brouer, born 1776, 
died September 19, 1837. She was also a 
worker in the First Presbyterian Qiurch. 
Children: i. Palmer, born November 4, 1797, 
died July 30, 1840; unmarried; a graduate of 
Middlebury College, Connecticut; a physician 
of Albany. 2. Cornelius, born July 30, 1799, 
died September 17, 1820: unmarried; he was 
admitted to the bar, but died before establish- 
ing a practice. 3. Harriet, born December 25, 
1802. died March 31, 1819. 4. Alfred, born 
March 27, 1806, died April 17, 1849; grad- 
uate of the LTnited States Military Academy 
at West Point; married Mary C. Milderber- 
ger, died December 18, 1836, in her thirty- 
fourth year ; children : i. Harriet, died in child- 
hood ; ii. Elizabeth, married James Dempsey, 
of Albany, and left two sons, William James 
and Elisha Dorr Dempsey, both of Newark, 
New Jersey ; iii. Ellen R., born July 20, 1834, 
married William Livingston Ostrander, of 
Hud.son, no issue. 5. Edmund, of whom 
further. 6. Elisha (2), born July 9, 1810, 
died October 2, 1882. 

(V) Edmund (3), son of Elisha and Eliza- 
beth (Brouer) Dorr, was born in Albany. New 
■S'ork, August 11, 1808, died October 10, 
1 881. He was educated in Albany and for 
many years was a commission merchant of 
that city. He, together with Arthur Root, of 
Albany, were promoters of the board of trade 
of Albany. He was an energetic, prosjicrous 
and public-spirited man, highly regarded in his 



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city. He was a Presbyterian, and a Repub- 
lican but never active in political affairs. He 
was married in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 
April 26. 1836. by Rev. Dr. Howe, to Maria 
^L Englehart, born in New York, November 
II, 181 5, died near Albany, New York, June 
7, 1888. a woman of strong mentality and 
high character, a member of the Presbyterian 
church and interested in many good causes. 
She was a daughter of George and Margaret 
(Hartell) Englehart, of New York City, the 
former of whom was a wholesale leather mer- 
chant of New Y^ork City, with Jacob PL Loril- 
lard, who was his cousin. She was a grand- 
daughter of George Englehart, who was twice 
married, one of his wives being Mary Loril- 
lard of the well-known Lorillard family of 
New York and New Jersey. Children of 
Edmund and Maria M. Dorr: i. Margaret 
Elizabeth, born March 19, 1838. on Ferry 
street, Albany, New Y'ork, then a noted resi- 
dential street. She was educated in Albany 
private schools and Female Academy, and 
with her sister resides at Glenmont, near Al- 
bany, unmarried. 2. Emma Lorillard, born 
April 3, 1840, at the northeast corner of Swan 
and Lydins streets, now Madison avenue, Al- 
bany, the old home there being yet a land- 
mark. She was educated in private schools 
and Female Academy, and now has her home 
in the most beautiful surroundings overlook- 
ing the Hudson Valley. The sisters are mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian church, and are 
women of culture and refinement. 



This family has for several 
BARCKLEY generations been prominent 

in the history of the town 
of Guilderland and Albany county, where the 
pioneer of the family settled prior to 1790. 
Michael Barckley, born in Germany, came 
when a young man to America, perhaps then 
the Lnited States, settled on a farm in Guil- 
derland, where he married and died in middle 
life. He was a member of the Dutch Re- 
formed church. He had a son Evert. 

(H) Evert, son of Michael Barckley, was 
born in Guilderland about 1785, died there in 
1816. He was a farmer and a member of the 
Reformed church. He married Gertrude Wal- 
dron, born April 27, 1793, died March 28, 
1864. Children: Henry, of whom further; 
Henrietta, torn 1814, died unmarried at the 
age of sixty-seven years. She survived her 
husband and married (second) Dr. Jonathan 
Johnson, an early practitioner of Guilderland. 
By her second husband she had children : Ade- 
line, born 1818, died immarried ; George 
Young, born 1820, married Mrs. Ella Corbett, 
now of Binghamton, New York; Elizabeth, 



born 1822, unmarried; Jane Ann, born 1824, 
unmarried. 

(HI) Henry, only son of Evert and Ger- 
trude (Waldron) Barckley. was born in the 
town of Guilderland, Albany county. New 
York, in 1812. He learned the trade of black- 
smith, which he followed in early life. He 
later purchased a farm in the town of Knox 
near the village. In 1856 he opened a gen- 
eral store, but continued the operation of his 
farm. He conducted a prosperous mercantile 
business, and accumulated a substantial for- 
tune. Lie was prominent in the politics of his 
town, being a Whig and later a Republican. 
Lie was town clerk, supervisor and postmas- 
ter for many years. He was a man of ster- 
ling character and held in universal esteem. 
He was an active member of the Reformed 
church which he served as elder. He was a 
big-hearted, generous soul, and none were 
turned away empty-handed that appealed to 
him for aid. He was a member of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows and took a 
deep interest in that order. He married in 
Guilderland, Magdalene (or Madeline) Liv- 
ingston, born 1814, died in Knox, December 
6, 1900, daughter of Aaron and Nancy (Hal- 
linbeck) Livingston, lifelong residents of the 
Helderberg region, where they died in old 
age, faithful members of the Presbyterian 
church. Children of Henry and Magdalene 
Barckley: i. Michael, born in Knox in 1840, 
educated in the public schools, and grew to 
manhood on his father's farm ; when the civil 
war broke out he was active in raising a com- 
pany and went to the front as lieutenant of 
Company K. Seventh New York Heavy Ar- 
tillery: at the battle of Cold Harbor he was 
wounded by a bursting shell, taken to a mili- 
tary hospital at Washington, D. C, where he 
died from the effects of his wound, 1864; he 
was unmarried ; his memory is preserved in 
Altamont where Michael Barckley Post, 
Grand .Army of the Republic, is named in his 
honor. 2. Edward Livingston, of whom 
further. 

(IV) Edward Livingston, second son of 
Henry and Magdalene (Livingston) Barck- 
ley, was born on the farm in Knox, June 9, 
1842. died October 3, 1905. He was educated 
in the public schools and at Knox Academy. 
He grew up on the farm, and at an early age 
became his father's trusted assistant, both in 
farm management and in the store, thus ac- 
quiring a thorough business education that 
stood him well in the heavy responsibilities of 
his later life. Years before his father's death 
Edward L. had assumed full control of both 
store and farm of one hundred and thirty-five 
acres, later becoming owner of both and con- 



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tinuing in active business until his death. He 
was a Repubhcan in politics and became the 
recognized leader of his town. In the years 
1885-86-87 he represented Knox on the Al- 
bany county board of supervisors. In 1895 
he was appointed commissioner of prisons 
and in 1896 was elected treasurer of Albany 
county. He served the full term of three 
years, declining re-election. He was fre- 
quently a delegate to county and state con- 
ventions, where he was counted among those 
whose opinion was of weight. During the 
administration of President Harrison he was 
postmaster at Knox, where in private or pub- 
lic life he was the soul of honor and held the 
confidence of his townsmen in a degree sel- 
dom equaled. He was a warm-hearted, gen- 
erous man and a friend of education, the 
church, and all good causes, supporting liber- 
ally the institutions that depended on the pub- 
lic for their existence. He was a member of 
the Masonic order and of the Lutheran 
church. He married, in Knox, November 22, 
1865, Eunice Esther French, born in East 
Worcester, Otsego county, New York, De- 
cember 12, 1 841. At the age of ten years her 
parents removed to Kno.x where she comple- 
ted her studies, being a schoolmate of her late 
husband. In 1905 she purchased a home in 
Altamont, New York, where she removed in 
June, 1906, and still resides. She is a daugh- 
ter of -Alva and Amanda (Tyler) French. 

Alva French was born in Nashua, New 
Hampshire, came to Otsego county. New 
York, later to Knox, Albany county, and died 
in Guilderland, 1870, at the age of seventy 
years. He was a Baptist in religion, and a 
Democrat in politics. .Amanda (Tyler) 
French, born in Knox, 1803, died 1850, was 
a daughter of Jesse Tyler and a granddaugh- 
ter of John and Eunice (Crarey) Tyler, of 
Connecticut. (This is the family to which 
John Tyler of Virginia, president of the Uni- 
ted States, belonged.) Jessie Tyler was a 
farmer and a carpenter, owning a large farm 
which he operated in connection with his 
building operations. He was a Whig, and a 
member of the Reformed church. He died at 
the age of eighty years ; Amanda, his wife at 
the age of eighty-seven years. She was a 
Methodist. Children of Alva and Amanda 
French: i. Eunice Esther, married Edward 
L. Barckley and has a daughter, Grace Tyler, 
born February 6, 1867, a graduate of .-Vlbanx 
Girls .Academy, resides with her mother at 
Altamont, New York, unmarried. 2. Sarah, 
married Ezra Wright, lived in Schoharie 
county, where he died leaving a daughter 
Amanda, also deceased. 3. Datus, died in 
Kncjx : married .Margaret Reid, of Guilder- 



land: child, Mary, married Alber Hansen, of 
Schenectady. 4. Dorothy, married Edmund 
Crawford, of New Scotland, died June i, 
1910, without issue. 5. Harriet, died at the 
age of six years. 



The Relyeas were early settlers 
RELYE.A in the town of Guilderland, Al- 
bany county, where they at- 
tained honorable position. They descended 
from a Huguenot family of France, one mem- 
ber of which settled in America prior to the 
revolutionary war. 

(I) Adam Relyea was born in Guilderland, 
Albany county. New York, in the year 1800. 
He was a prosperous farmer, living to a good 
old age. He married Margaret Van Patten 
and had issue. 

(II) Jacob A., son of Adam and Margaret 
(\"an Patten) Relyea, was born February 27, 
183 1, died May 3, 1907. He was educated 
in the public schools and grew to manhood on 
the farm. He later took up farming as a life 
occupation, possessing a farm in the beauti- 
ful Helderberg region. He was assessor of 
his town and otherwise politically important 
in town life. He was a Republican, and a 
member of the Reformed church. He mar- 
ried, January 17, 1852, Nancy Maria, daugh- 
ter of John P. and Anna Barbara (Crounse) 
Livingston and granddaughter of Peter I. 
Livingston. She was born June 21, 1834, on 
the old Peter I. Livingston estate, in the 
same house which she still owns and has oc- 
cupied during her lifetime, with the exception 
of seventeen years of her married life, when 
she resided in another part of the town. Chil- 
dren of Jacob -A. and Nancy Maria (Living- 
.ston) Relyea: i. Orpha, born .August 27, 
1853, married Cornelius Hallenbeck, who died 
October 16, 1894, aged forty-one years; chil- 
dren : Alta, Laura N., .Anna and Charles H., 
the three daughters are married. 2. Edward, 
born .April 22, 1856, now a resident of Sche- 
nectady ; married Julia Sharp and has one son, 
Lloyd \erner. 3. Anna, born March 16, 
1859, resides in Dunnsville, married Frank 
Coss, deputy sheriff of .Albany county ; chil- 
dren : .Alta and Addic, twins ; Addie, deceased : 
Leland. 4. Jacob H., born August 9, 1872, 
resides in Albany, train master, Boston & Al- 
bany railroad, married Sarah L. CroUnse, and 
has children : .Amelia and Barton. 

Clhe Livingston Line). 
I'cler I. Livingston was born in .Mbany 
county. New York, where he died December 
18, 1838, aged sixty-nine years and nine days. 
He owned and cultivated the Livingston 
homestead farm now owned by his grand- 



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daughter. Mrs. Jacob A. Relyea. This farm 
commands a grand view of the "Indian Lad- 
der" entrance to the Helderberg mountains, 
and the picturesque scenery together with its 
fertile, well-kept condition, render the estate 
unusually attractive. He married (first) 
j\[aria Warner, who died aged fifty-five years 
and thirteen days; he married (second) Eva 
Frederick. Children of first wife : Aaron and 
Anna, both deceased. Children of second 
wife : John P., see forward : ^largaret, mar- 
ried Jacob Van Wormer; Magdalene, mar- 
ried Jacob Fryer: Catherine X.. married 
Frederick Mynderse. 

(H) John" P., son of Peter I. and Eva 
(Frederick) Livingston, was born on the 
homestead which he later owned, November 
20. 1807, died in 1894. He was a farmer, a 
Lutheran in religious belief, and politically a 
Republican. He married (first) in Guilder- 
land. Anna Barbara Crounse, born .Xpril 16. 
1808, died February 4. 1861, daughter of 
Conrad and Margaret (Livingston) Crounse; 
he married (second) Mrs. Catharine (Ostran- 
der) Stevens, no issue by this marriage. Chil- 
dren of John P. and Anna P.arbara 
(Crounse) Livingston: Evaline. born Septem- 
ber 18. 1 83 1, married Peter Wagoner, died 
leaving no issue. 2. Catharine, born .-Xugust 
14, 1832, married Isaac Smith, died leaving 
no issue. 3. Xancy Maria, born June 21, 
1834, married, January 17, 1852, Jacob .A. 
Relyea (see Relyea H). 4. Rebecca, born 
January 10. 1837. widow, living in Pough- 
keepsie. has three living children. 5. Julia, 
born March 29. 1839, widow, residing in 
Greater New York, has one daughter. 6. 
Peter I., born August 26, 1841, resides in 
Schenectady, married Mary E. Mann, of 
Guilderland Center, has one daughter. ;\Ieta 
L. 7. Harriet, born June 15, 1844, married 
and lives in Union, P.roome county, Xew 
York. 8. Helen, born September 6, 1846, died 
young. 9. Helen (2), born February 18, 
1849, married and lives in Guilderland Center. 



This is an ancient family of 
LITHGOW Scotland, famed for its schol- 
ar artists, men of letters and 
ministers. A noted member of the family, 
William Lithgow, born in Lanark about 1582, 
eldest son of James Lithgow, burgess of Lan- 
ark, and Alison Gahame his wife, published in 
1632 a collected edition of his travels under 
the title of "The Totall Discourse of the Rare 
Adventures and painefull Peregrinations, of 
long nineteen yeares Travayles, from Scotland 
to the most Famous Kingdomes in Europe, 
Asia and Aflfrica." He was educated at Lan- 
ark grammar school and acording to .Sir Wal- 



ter Scott was "bred a tailor." He seems to 
have started his travels at an early age. He 
says "neither ambition, too much curiosity, nor 
any reputation I ever sought, did expose me to 
such long peregrinations «nnd dangerous ad- 
ventures past" — but, that "underserved Dalida 
wrong." From Paris on March 7, 1609, he 
set out on the first of the three journeys of 
which he gives an account in his "Totall Dis- 
course," where he claims that his "payneful 
feet traced over (besides my passages of seas 
and rivers) thirty-six thousand and oddc 
miles, which draweth neare to twice the cir- 
cumference of the whole earth." It was on 
the second of his journeys, while passing 
through Spain, that he was thrown into pris- 
on in Malaga as a spy and severely tortured. 
He was released by the intervention of the 
English consul there and the English ambas- 
sador at Madrid backed by a division of King 
James navy. On his arrival at Datford, fifty 
days after leaving Malaga, Lithgow was car- 
ried to the court at Theobalds and exhibited 
his "martyred anatomy" to the whole court, 
"Even from the King to the Kitchen." Al 
the king's expense he was sent twice to Bath, 
where he recovered his health although his 
left arm and crushed bones were incurable. 
Early in 1622 he was sent to Marshalsea pris- 
on for a long period for assaulting in the 
presence chamber Gondomar, the Spanish am- 
bassador, whose empty promises of redress for 
his sufferings at Malaga had exasperated Lith- 
gow beyond endurance. In 1624 he preferred 
a bill of grievance to the House of Lords, 
which he daily followed for seventeen weeks, 
witlutut result. In 1627 he left the court for 
Scotland, traversed the Western Isles and 
was "kindly cntertayned" in Bodick Castle by 
James "Marquiss of Hamilton." In 1637 he 
left Scotland mounted on a "galloweigan 
nagge" for another journey to Russia, but in- 
stead went to Breda publishing a volume on 
his return. In 1643 he again left Scotland, 
embarking at Prestonpans for London. "In 
all which deserted way between Forth and 
Gravesend wee found only three ships, two 
Scotsmen, an Norwegian, and one of the 
royall whelps lying at anker in .•\ermouth." 
He published his tast work in 1643. From 
this date all trace of him is lost; the date of 
his death and the place of his burial are un- 
known, though there is a tradition that he 
died in Lanark and lies buried in the church- 
yard of St. Kentigern there. It is from the 
same Lithgow family that David C. Lithgow, 
of .Mbany, descends. 

(I) Robert Lithgow, of Lin Lithgow. Scot- 
land, the first of the name of whom we have 
knowledge, married and had children : Gil- 



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bert, a teacher of Stevenson, Scotland ; James, 
a designer ; John, a potter ; WilHam, of furth- 
er mention ; EHzabeth and Janet. 

(H) Rev. WilHam Lithgow, son of Robert 
Lithgow, was bor^ in Alexandria, Scotland. 
He was a graduate of the L'niversity of Glas- 
gow ; became a minister of the Church of 
Christ and has been continuously in the active 
ministry for the past thirty years, and is still 
preaching (1911), although eighty years of 
age. He married Catherine, daughter of 
Robert and Elizabeth (Corcoran) Cunning- 
ham and granddaughter of Alexander Cun- 
ningham, a soldier of the Crimean war. Chil- 
dren : Elizabeth, Gilbert, David C, of further 
mention, Robert, Jessie (or Jesse), Catherine, 
Margaret, John, William. 

(IH) David Cunningham, son of Rev. 
William and Catherine (Cunningham) Lith- 
gow, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, Novem- 
ber 12, 1868. His preparatory education was 
obtained in the Glasgow public schools sup- 
plemented by a course at Glasgow Technical 
College. Having artistic talent and desire he 
became a pupil at the Haldean Academy of 
Art, at Glasgow, where he pursued his studies 
until 1887, when he went to London and en- 
rolled as a student at Kensington School of 
Art under Sir Frederick Leighton. After 
completing his studies he came to the United 
States in 1888, establishing himself in New 
York City, where he remained until i8go. In 
that year he came to Albany where he opened 
a studio and still continues (191 1) in land- 
scape and portraiture. He is a member of the 
Albany Club and a charter member of the 
Albany Art League. In religious faith he is 
a Baptist. He married, February 10, i8go, at 
Altamont, New York, Amelia, daughter of 
Edward and Augusta (Crounse) Kenholts, 
both old Albany county families. Child, Mil- 
lie, born November 4, 1900. 



Three generations of the Geiger 
GEIGER family are herein recorded, each 
generation claiming a different 
country as a birthplace. George Geiger, 
grandfather of Albert Geiger, of Hudson, was 
a native of Poland, and fled an exile from his 
native land, taking refuge in Germany. He 
was a man of ability, and is supposed to have 
become implicated in some revolutionary 
movement that placed him under the ban of 
the government. He settled in the province 
of Wiirtemburg, Germany, where he lived and 
reared his family. He was twice married and 
one of his sons, John, was a noted sculptor of 
Munich, giving promise of becoming famous 
in his art, when he was stricken by death at 
the earlv age of twenty-five vears. The only 



record of others of his family is of Leonard, 
founder of the American branch. 

(II) Leonard, son of George Geiger, the 
Polish exile, was born in Wiirtemburg, 
Germany, October 23, 1829. He remained 
there until 1849 when, to avoid military serv- 
ice, he came to the United States. He was 
educated in the German schools, secured a 
good education and developed a st